In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic Health System ― Red Cedar in Menomonie is offering a drive-thru testing location, beginning Wednesday, March 25. This location is for current Mayo Clinic Health System patients who meet criteria for COVID-19 and are referred for testing.

Mayo Clinic Health System patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should take these steps:

·         Call your Mayo Clinic Health System primary care clinic or provider for a phone screening. Your provider or nurse will direct you to the dedicated COVID-19 Nurse Line. Patients meeting testing criteria will be directed to a local testing location.

·         If you meet the criteria for testing, you will be directed to a drive-thru testing location in Cameron, Eau Claire or Menomonie, Wisconsin. At the drive-thru location, Mayo Clinic Health System staff will collect specimens using appropriate precautions. The specimens will then be sent to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for analysis. Patients will be advised of next steps.

Patients should not show up to a testing site without being prescreened. The virus spreads rapidly, and this process will minimize potential exposure.

No visitor policy in effect

On that note, until further notice, all hospitals and clinics at Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin have implemented a no visitor policy for everyone’s safety. Exceptions to this policy for inpatient care include one visitor for end-of-life patients, birth of a child and pediatric patients. All visitors will be screened to assess for COVID-19 symptoms.

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