Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  Information

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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. 

Cape Girardeau County: 

Active Cases: 21
Confirmed Cases:  75
A confirmed case is defined by CDC as detecting SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a clinical specimen using a molecular test. (i.e. PCR)
Probable Cases:   25
The CDC has three possible definitions for a probable case:
1. Meets clinical criteria and epi evidence (no + lab results) 2. Detection of specific antigen (antibody +) in a clinical specimen and meets clinical criteria or epi evidence
3. Meets vital records criteria with no + lab test

Cape County Deaths: 3
Cape County Recovered:  73 (confirmed and probable)

Missouri Cases: 13,327
Missouri Deaths: 775

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Cape Girardeau County Antibody Study 

Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is proud to announce a COVID-19 seroprevalence study. The study will be conducted by performing antibody testing of roughly 2,000 residents of Cape Girardeau County. The study is a partnership of the Cape Girardeau County Commission , Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, Cross Trails Medical Center, and SoutheastHealth.

Study participants will be selected from individuals that complete an online survey. Respondents will answer questions about themselves, their health, and any symptoms they may have had. A randomized sample of respondents will be selected for blood testing.  Participants will be notified via email of their inclusion in the study.

Serology Q & A:  Q & A Serology Testing

The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services issued Economic Reopening Health Order effective 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 4, 2020, and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2020, unless extended by further order not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-09.


 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 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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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