Gundersen Health System staff are providing incredible care for patients across the area with many different conditions and illnesses. More COVID-19 hospitalizations make this care much more difficult.
Gundersen is seeing between 40 and 50 COVID-positive hospitalized patients across its system at any given time. Total COVID-related hospitalizations system wide since the start of the pandemic have increased by nearly 200 since early July. Nationally, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are more than double what they were in early September 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As summer turns to fall, Gundersen asks everyone to get a free, safe COVID-19 vaccine and wear a mask in indoor, public places. Layering these protections is the best way to limit the spread of the virus, keep COVID-19 hospitalizations low to ease stress on local healthcare, and allow local businesses, schools and organizations to continue normal operations.
How to get the vaccine
Anyone age 12 and older, patients or non-patients, can get the free, safe COVID-19 vaccine at Gundersen.
All three approved COVID-19 vaccines are available during walk-in appointments at the Gundersen Onalaska Clinic 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This week, the clinic is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The week of September 13, the Onalaska vaccine clinic returns to normal hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gundersen is providing COVID-19 third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to high-risk individuals. COVID-19 vaccine is also available during Onalaska Family Medicine and Pediatrics appointments for those with scheduled appointments, along with primary care appointments at Gundersen regional clinic locations. Please talk to your healthcare provider to get questions answered.
Adult Gundersen patients can walk-in, schedule their appointment through MyChart, or call the scheduling line at (608) 775-6829. Adult non-patients can walk-in or call the scheduling line at (608) 775-6829, option 2, for a vaccine appointment.
Patients under age 18 need parent or guardian consent in person or by calling the Gundersen scheduling line at (608) 775-6829.
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