Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information

All Missourians, ages 12 and up, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer). Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center only offers Moderna and Janssen (J&J) currently, these vaccines can only be given to ages 18 and up.

Moderna and Janssen (J&J) are available daily at the Health Center. Please call 573-335-7846 to schedule an appointment.

To see if you would be eligible to receive a booster, click on this
link to the CDC website.
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Board voted unanimously on Monday, March 8, 2021, to immediately rescind the Face Covering Order. The rescinding of the Order does not supersede other governing bodies such as the Federal, state, and school board requirements.

The Public Health Board recommends that citizens continue to follow CDC guidelines for vaccination and with regard to masking:
Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. 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-19
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.

Our contact tracers are working cases as quickly as they can but due to the large increase in cases, we are unable to investigate many cases at this time. Please see the following information for guidance on what to do if you have been identified as a positive case or case contact.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19:

1. Stay home except to get medical care and call ahead before visiting your doctor. Do not leave your home
or visit public areas.
2. Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom.
3. Inform your close contacts that they may have been exposed. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (2 days) before they have symptoms or test positive.
4. Monitor your symptoms.
5. Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth and wash your hands often. Avoid sharing personal household items and clean high touch surfaces everyday.

When is it safe to be around others:

After you've had COVID-19 you can be around others if:
It has been 10 days since symptom onset AND
24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medicines AND
Other symptoms are improving.

You can watch a CDC video for guidance on when you can be around others at this link.

What counts as close contact:

1. You were within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes
or more over a 24 hour period.
2. You provided care at home to someone
who has COVID-19.
3. You had direct physical contact with the person.
4. You shared eating or drinking utensils.
5. They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

If you have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19:

1. Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
2. Watch for fever (100.4), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
3. If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick
from COVID-19.

For General Questions
Call DHSS COVID-19 HOTLINE NUMBER: 1-877-435-8411

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Check out the Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard for more detailed information about Cape County and other counties in Missouri!

Check out the Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard for more detailed information about Cape County and other counties in Missouri!

Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is a community agency funded by Cape Girardeau County. The Cape Girardeau County Health Department is An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Services provided on a non-discriminatory basis.
Monday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm by appointment
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm by appointment
Late clinics available. Call for details.
(ph) 573-335-7846
(fax) 573-335-5909
1121 Linden Street
PO Box 1839
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-1839