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Testing & Hotlines for Coronavirus

Now that the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has reported the county’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 the following resources are more important than ever.

Per the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, tests are being processed through private labs and the Missouri State Public Health Lab. There are criteria that have to be met for an individual to be tested for COVID-19.

If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath and think you may need to be tested for the Coronavirus, please call your local provider before seeking medical care. **Testing is NOT routinely done at our facility.

We receive updates from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and private labs on tests that are positive. Tested individuals are instructed to self-quarantine until results are received. We are working very closely with both hospitals and community partners to ensure the safety of our community.

Cape Girardeau County Health Center was notified by a commercial laboratory in Cape Girardeau County on Monday, March 23 that a 60 year old male tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus.

These local hospitals are providing assistance and resources as shown below:

SoutheastHEALTH has opened a 24/7 provider/nurse triage line, 573-519-4983. If you are having symptoms that may lead to a COVID-19 diagnosis, call this line to speak with a provider about your symptoms and next steps for appropriate treatment.

Saint Francis Health Systems has a community-wide Coronavirus Test Collection Center that opened Tuesday, March 24 at 8 am. This facility is by appointment ONLY. A pre-screening is required. Anyone seeking a test must call our Nurse Coronavirus Hotline at 573-331-4200 before arriving. This hotline is available 7 days a week from 7 am to 5 pm.

Saint Francis also offers three dedicated testing location sites in our region. Our hotline will schedule you an appointment at any of these locations, including the Coronavirus Test Collection Center.

There is also a hotline operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week where anyone with questions about COVID-19 or individuals with symptoms can contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Hotline:1-877-435-8411.

For more information on the virus and how to protect yourself visit the US Government CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/


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