Mayo-Franciscan in La Crosse to move COVID-19 testing indoors Monday

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The COVID-19 test site at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse will move indoors beginning Monday, after testing more than 37,000 people at its drive-thru site since it began tests in March.
The test site will be in the same location at 10th and Ferry streets, but it will be inside the former Occupational Health Building, according to a news release.
Patients who call ahead to be screened will park in the parking lot and asked to text an email address notifying staff that they’ve arrived. Mayo staffers will respond with a text message welcoming them to the test site and providing an estimated wait time.
A follow-up text or phone call will be sent when staffers are ready for patients to enter the building for testing.
Mayo is moving the site in advance of winter, said Benjamin G. Anderson, Mayo’s nurse administrator.
The test site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on weekends.
Mayo’s test site in Sparta, Wis., will continue at its current location.
Patients need to call Mayo to be screened before coming to the test site. Patients experiencing symptoms should take the following steps:

  • Call their Mayo clinic or the COVID-19 Nurse Line at (507) 293-9525 for a phone screening. Those who are not Mayo patients also can call any clinic location and say they would like to be screened for COVID-19 to be registered.
  • Those who meet the criteria for testing will be directed to the test site.
  • Specimens will be sent to a Mayo Clinic lab for analysis, with results expected in 24 to 72 hours.
  • Patients who are positive will be advised of next steps.