Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information 

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Recommendations and Orders

The Board of Health voted unanimously to amend the Face Covering Order No. 20-02 on October 27, 2020. Face coverings are still required by all visitors and residents of Cape Girardeau County when in public spaces unless exempted under 1.04 Provision 2 or  the following events occur: 

1. The Viral (RT-PCR) Lab Test Positivity Rate for Cape Girardeau County is below 5% for a two-week period, AND the rolling 14-day case count of new COVID-19 cases is below 200 for a two-week period. The Emergency Face Covering Order will then be lowered to "strongly recommended." The Order will revert to "required" if the positivity rate goes above 10% for a two-week period, and the rolling case count of new COVID-19 cases goes above 250 for a two-week period.
2. A COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available to the general public
3. A highly-effective, relatively low-cost COVID-19 therapeutic treatment becomes widely available.

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June 5th Proclamation Reminder and Updates
Cape County Guidelines for Reopening

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Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is closely monitoring the COVID-19 investigation. We are working diligently with our community partners and the Missouri Department of Health Senior Services to protect the health and safety of Cape Girardeau County residents. The Health Center will continue to provide updates to providers as needed. 

If you have been tested for COVID-19, please help us and your close contacts from spreading COVID by doing the following:

1. Quarantine UNTIL you receive your test result. Quarantining keeps you from unknowingly spreading the virus to others and stops the chain.

2. If you are positive, isolate yourself from the rest of your household members as soon as possible for 10 days. Isolation from household members can prevent your family members from getting sick.

3. Let your close contacts know that you tested positive and ask them to quarantine for 10 days from their last exposure to you. There is no test out option.

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                                Quarantine and Isolation Scenarios

These are some of the best ways to decrease our case count and community spread.


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 To stop the spread of respiratory illnesses such as the COVID-19:

        • Put at least 6 feet between yourself and others
        • 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.
        • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others*

*A cloth face covering should only be worn when you have to go out in public, for example grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected

Older adults and  with chronic conditions should take special precautions
because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

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