We will be moving to a weekly reporting format starting with the October 6th report. This will allow us to focus our efforts on vaccination clinics for the upcoming flu season as well as allow us to return to many core public health functions. We appreciate your understanding and consideration during this transition.

All Missourians, age 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 which 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 find the latest information regarding booster shots, clink on this link to access 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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance.html


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.

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 CLOSE 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 places.
  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 contact 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.  

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.  

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 with 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.  

Please visit Keep Cape Strong COVID dashboard for the latest on updates in Cape County.