Mile Bluff opens new facility, expands COVID-19 services

COVID-19 testing

Starting Monday, January 25, outpatient swab-only testing for COVID-19 will move from Mile Bluff’s East Clinic to Mile Bluff’s new building at 690 Kennedy Street in Mauston*.

Swab-only testing is intended for those who have minor, moderate, or no symptoms of COVID-19. The test is billed as an outpatient lab appointment. Anyone interested in using this service is encouraged to reserve a spot online by visiting www.milebluff.com/COVIDtesting. Once you have reserved your spot, you will receive updates and reminder text messages about your upcoming visit.

When you arrive at the Kennedy Street building for swab-only testing, remain in your vehicle and text “HERE” to the number you received your reminder text from. You will receive a text when it’s time to enter. Follow the signs to the COVID-19 testing entrance. From there you will be escorted to a testing room to be registered and receive your COVID-19 nasal swab test.

Test results will be posted to your online patient portal within 72 hours after your appointment. If you do not have a patient portal account, you will be given instructions on how you can set one up.

Those who are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms, and need to see a provider, will still be cared for at Mile Bluff’s East Clinic at 1040 Division Street in Mauston. Appointments can be made by calling 608-847-5000.

COVID-19 vaccination

On Tuesday, January 26, Mile Bluff will begin vaccinating its patients who are included in phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. This will be done by appointment only; and appointments will be made when patients receive a direct call from a member of the Mile Bluff team. There is not a waiting list or sign-up sheet, so patients are asked not to call about the vaccine at this time.

Mile Bluff receives shipments of the vaccine each week. As doses arrive, the team will reach out to patients based on the quantity of vaccines that are allotted to the medical center. It is expected to take two to three months complete phase 1B, as there are nearly 7,000 Mile Bluff patients who fall into this group.

If you have a primary care provider outside of the Mile Bluff system, you are encouraged to look into how your provider is vaccinating patients. If you do not have a primary care provider, your local health department can help you.

As you wait for your opportunity to be vaccinated, you are encouraged to continue to wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and keep your social circles small.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution, please visit our COVID-19 information pages.

*To find the new building at 690 Kennedy Street for swab-only testing or vaccine appointments, take Gateway Avenue and turn on Kennedy Street at the stop lights by Hardee’s and Kwik Trip. As you go up the hill, turn right to continue on Kennedy Street after passing the Mauston Food Pantry. The building will be on the left side of the road.