Eau Claire (WQOW) - Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is now offering drive-thru testing for the coronavirus.
In order to be tested, you must be a Mayo Clinic Health System patient who meets criteria and has been referred for testing.
As a first step, you must call your Mayo Clinic Health System primary care clinic. A provider or nurse will determine if you meet criteria and will schedule a test at a designated location.
Tests will not be offered to people who have not been pre-screened over the phone. You should not show up to a testing site without being pre-screened.
“In our efforts to make COVID-19 testing more accessible to Mayo Clinic Health System patients in our community, it could not have happened without the pro-active support and resources from the Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire Fire Department and the Eau Claire City Emergency Preparedness Team,” says Jason Craig, regional chair of administration for Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin. “We are incredibly grateful and we thank them for all of their continued hard work.”
Mayo Clinic Health System is also reminding people there are visitor restrictions in place. Visitors are restricted to one visitor per patient at any time. No children under 13 are permitted on the premise unless the child is receiving medical care. Exceptions to this include two visitors for end-of-life patients, pediatric patients and patients who have language barriers. Visitors will not be allowed from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. This policy will remain in place until further notice.
Marshfield Clinic Health System is also in the works to provide drive-thru testing for patients in numerous locations.
They hope to have the system up and running by the beginning of next week if not sooner.
"We're right now planning on having one in Eau Claire, one in Rice Lake and one in Ladysmith. We're still having to work through some of the logistics of how that would all work but we have a location selected and we are in the process of pulling together all of the materials, supplies and staffing and all of the protective equipment that we're going to need for staff to do this," said Matt Schneider, spokesperson for Marshfield Clinic Health System.
The goal of drive-thru testing is to prevent those who may be infected with the virus from having to enter the hospital and exposing others to it.