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Mayo COVID drive-up testing in La Crosse reaches 1000 patients in 1st month

Brad Williams

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A couple of coronavirus milestones have been reached this week at Mayo of La Crosse. 

Mayo opened its drive-up testing tent near the La Crosse hospital one month ago, on March 16th. 

And this week, the testing staff saw their one thousandth patient. 

Physician Paul Molling at Mayo thanks local residents for practicing social distancing to keep COVID levels low in the Coulee Region, compared to large cities like New York and New Orleans.

Mayo requires patients who want to be tested for coronavirus to call them first, to see whether symptoms are serious enough to justify in-person testing. 

Dr. Molling says diarrhea and other digestive symptoms have been added to coughs and fever as signs of possible infection.              

La Crosse County has reported only 26 positive cases. 

Molling predicts that the drive-through tests could be conducted for another couple of months.    

The testing tent is located in a parking lot near the intersection of 10th and Ferry Streets.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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