Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  Information:

View the Cape Girardeau County 
Public Health COVID-19 Proclamation 

or General Questions Call 


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  DHSS COVID-19 Chat Box 

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 health care providers and partners. 

Cape County Recovered: 3

    Cape County Cases: 19

Missouri Cases: 2722

Deaths: 39

        Click link for Detailed County Cases List 

Order issued April 3, 2020:

Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020. 

Among other guidelines, the Order requires the following:
  • Individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence. 
  • All individuals in the state of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. 
  • All public and charter schools must remain closed for the duration of the Order.
  • Any entity that does not employ individuals to perform essential worker functions, as set forth in guidance provided by the federal government, shall adhere to the limitations on social gatherings and social distancing. To view federal guidelines for critical infrastructure click here.
  • Any entity that employs individuals to perform essential worker functions, and that is engaged in retail sales to the public, shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:
    • Twenty-five (25) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²);
    • Ten (10) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²) or more.
To view the full "Stay Home Missouri Order" click here.  
To view Frequently Asked Questions about the stay at home order click here.


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.

If you develop severe illness such as difficulty breathing seek medical attention immediately. 


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

        • Stay home as much as possible 
        • 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 other*

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

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Provider Updates: 

1-31-2020 Provider Update
2-3-2020 Provider Update 
2-7-2020 Provider Update 
2-14-2020 Provider Update 
2-21-2020 Provider Update
2-28-2020 Provider Update