Report a Positive Home Test

    If you have taken an at home test and it was positive, please complete a Positive Home Test Report. There is no need to call if you complete this form unless you have specific questions that you need answered. If you have questions about reporting or need to speak to someone please call (573)335-7846 and ask for a contact tracer.

    Positive Home Test Report

    Vaccines

    The best way to keep you and your community safe is to get vaccinated. The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is now vaccinating ages 6 months and up.

    We realize recommendations change. Illustrated here are guidelines per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) but we recommend personal due diligence to ensure you have the most up to date information.

    The FDA requires that vaccine recipients or their caregivers are provided with vaccine-specific information to help make an informed decision about vaccination. This information is in fact sheets available via the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers.

    The COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule below shows the recommended total doses for the following:

    • General Public (GP) - applies to most people. If you are not immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), you have a low or moderate risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death.
    • Immunocompromised Public (IP): applies to those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system). If you are immunocompromised, you have an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death.
    Age: 6 months - 7 years

    Vaccine
    Age Group
    Total Doses: GP
    Total Doses: IP
    Moderna 6 mths - 5 yrs 2 3
    Moderna 6 - 11 yrs 2 3
    Moderna 12-17 yrs 2 3
    Pfizer 6 mths - 4 yrs 3 3
    Pfizer 5 -11 yrs 3 4
    Pfizer 12 - 17 yrs 3 5
    Full COVID-19 Immunization Schedule

    Age: 18 years+

    Vaccine
    Age Group
    Total Doses: GP
    Total Doses: IP
    Moderna 18 yrs+ 3 or 4 5
    Pfizer 18 yrs+ 3 or 4 5
    Janssen 18 yrs+ 2 or 3 4
    Full COVID-19 Immunization Schedule


    The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center offers the following vaccine options (by appointment):

    • Ages 6 months-5: Moderna – administered Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm by appointment
    • Ages 5-11: Pfizer, Moderna – administered Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm by appointment
    • Ages 12-17: Pfizer, Moderna – administered daily 8:30 am - 4:00 pm by appointment
    • Ages 18+: Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen – administered daily 8:30 am - 4:00 pm by appointment

    To schedule your vaccine, please contact us. If your child ages 5-11 is a Rural Health Clinic patient, please call 573-335-2229 for an appointment.

    (573) 335-7846

    Tests

    Anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. For information on available test options click the button below.

    Find Testing Location

    Have you just been tested?

    If you’ve been tested for COVID-19, you can prevent further spreading the virus by quarantining until you receive your test result. This keeps you from unknowingly transmitting the virus to others. Isolating from household members can also prevent your loved ones from getting sick.

    Did you test positive?
    • Isolate yourself from household members as soon as possible for 5 days, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from others and pets in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom. Avoid sharing personal household items and clean high touch surfaces every day. This can help prevent your loved ones from getting sick.
    • Stay home except to get medical care and call ahead before visiting your doctor. Do not leave your home or visit public places. If you are asymptomatic or your symptoms improve after 5 days, you can leave your home (followed by mask wearing). If your symptoms do not improve or they include a fever that persists, continue to stay home until your fever/symptoms resolve.
    • 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. Advise them to follow the CDC's updated isolation and quarantine recommendations to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus to others, and best protect their loved ones.
    • Monitor your symptoms.
    • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth and wash your hands often.
    Quarantine & Isolation

    If you tested positive, you may be around others if: 1) it has been 5 days since symptom(s) onset and 2) you've been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines, and 2) your symptom(s) are improving. It is recommended to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.

    If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you may use this tool to determine if you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. This helps to protect your loved ones and community.

    Quarantine/Isolation Calculator

     

    Information

    The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center aims to prevent illness, prolong life, and improve and protect the health of the people in our community. One way to do this is to help you stay informed on the state of COVID-19 in our county.

    On Friday, April 1, 2022, Missouri transitioned to a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic response—managing it as an endemic. To reflect this change, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (MODHSS) will update a new Missouri Weekly COVID-19 Activity Report each Friday. It highlights specific data that helps measure the impact and severity of COVID-19.

    To keep our community informed, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center will update the table below weekly beginning April, 2022 (Source: MODHSS).

       

    Cape Girardeau County

    (Last Updated: 8/5/22)

    COVID-19 Community Level: HIGH
    Case Rate
    7-Day Date Range: 7/28/22 - 8/3/22

    Total Cases in Last 7 Days:

    214

    Total Cases per 100k in Last 7 Days: 

    269.1

    Missouri Weekly COVID-19 Activity Report
       

    Protecting Self & Others

    The CDC provides valuable ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 (and variants).

    • Masking is a critical public health tool and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask.
    • Wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
    • Wearing a well-fitted mask along with vaccination, self-testing, and physical distancing, helps protect you and others by reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19.
    Protect Yourself

     

    The CDC uses layered prevention strategies to help prevent severe illness and reduce the potential for strain on the healthcare system. Know your COVID-19 Community Level for the latest guidance.

    Cape Girardeau County's community level is currently high.

    • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor community settings)
    • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
    • Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible
    • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19
    • If you are immunocompromised or high risk, additional precautions may be needed
    CDC Mask Guidance

      

     

    COVID-19 Community Level