3-26 Cape County COVID-19 Daily Update

Participants in Collaboration

  • Jane Wernsman, Director, Cape Girardeau County Department of Public Health
  • Nicollet Brennan, City of Cape Girardeau Public Information Manager
  • Shauna Hoffman, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, SEH
  • Jimmy Wilferth, Vice President of Marketing & Foundation for SFMC

Current COVID-19 Case Status – VIEW PDF HERE

Current Community Updates

Main Messages:

  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid groups larger than 10. If you must go to work, grocery, store, or to seek medical care stay 6ft from others as much as possible.  
  • As testing capabilities increase, we expect a significant increase in cases. Please DON’T PANIC, PREPARE! About 80% of those infected recovers after mild symptoms. Others, especially the elderly and those with serious chronic medical conditions, may experience more severe symptoms, including pneumonia that requires hospitalization and sometimes death.
  • The community-wide Coronavirus Test Collection Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to noon at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. This is a joint endeavor between SoutheastHEALTH, Saint Francis Healthcare System, Cape Girardeau County Public Health and City of Cape Girardeau.
  • The Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline is staffed from 7 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. Nurses provide screening for anyone that thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19. If a patient meets the strict DHSS and CDC screening criteria, the patient will be directed to the Coronavirus Test Collection Center. Anyone seeking a test must first call the hotline at 573-331-4200.

Main messages for preventing spread.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Follow the orders from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.