>>>Updated: May 22, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.
The Cape County Health Department reports Friday's total confirmed COVID-19 cases are now at 57, with two deaths. One death was reported in Cape County due to COVID-19 on April 7th. The second death was on May 14th. The case was a close contact to a confirmed case. 10 cases have been hospitalized, 9 individuals are recovering, and 46 cases have recovered. Eight cases have been travel-related, 22 were exposed by close contact, and the origin of 27 cases is unknown.
To date, Cape Girardeau County has reported 15 individuals with COVID-19 outside of the metro area, 24 individual cases are within the City of Cape, and 18 individuals have tested positive for the virus within the city of Jackson.
The results from Phase I, of the Cape county Seroprevelance study, or antibody test, reveals 16 individuals tested positive, and 1,829 individuals tested negative for antibodies. The results were from 1,845 actual participants. 2,193 individuals in Cape county were chosen to participate in the study.
31 total positive cases have been reported at St. Francis Medical Center with a total of 2474 tests administered, and 2182 tests returned a negative result for the virus.
Southeast Hospital has reported a total of seven positive cases for COVID-19 in Cape County. Three individuals remain under care in their dedicated isolation unit. To-date, the hospital has tested 938 individuals, with 844 returning a negative result.
Cross Trails Medical Clinic has administered 83 tests in Cape County, with three returning a positive result for the virus, and 71 tests returned a negative result for the virus in Cape County only.
Other Cape County providers have reported 15 positive cases.
The Cape Girardeau County Department of Public Health is now offering updates three times a week, or as new cases are reported. The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services continues to provide updates as data is made available.
Daily testing in the area continues, with a screening process. The Saint Francis Nurse Hotline will remain staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To seek a test, you may call the screening hotline at 573-331-4200. SoutheastHEALTH’s COVID-19 provider/nurse triage line is available 24/7 at 573-519-4983.
Positive COVID-19 cases around the region widely vary. Scott county has reported 91 cases, with eight deaths; Perry county has reported 48 cases; Stoddard county has reported 67 cases with three deaths; Bollinger county has reported 6; St. Genevieve county has reported 8 with one death; St. Francois county has reported 31, with two deaths; Mississippi county has reported 53; New Madrid county has reported 15 cases with one death; Butler county has reported 28; Carter county has reported four cases with one death; Reynolds county has reported 2 cases; and Ripley county has reported seven.
The Southeast Correctional Center has reported 43 total positive cases of COVID-19 among inmates in one housing wing, and all are in isolation. One offender tested positive, and then negative, while already hospitalized with other medical conditions. He died in the hospital April 2, 2020. 15 total prison staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Staff with whom these staff have had close contact have been quarantined. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, everyone who has had close contact with a staff member testing positive for COVID-19 has been notified.
The “Show Me Strong" Recovery Plan guidelines went into effect on Monday, May 4th, as announced by Governor Mike Parson. As more businesses reopen, and local officials review the state’s guidelines, the citizen's responsibilities include staying home when sick, social distancing, continuing good hygiene and housekeeping, and minimizing travel to the extent possible. According to the press release, local officials plan to engage local organizations, health providers and other stakeholders as a local plan is developed.
To date, 11,558 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Missouri, 711 total individuals have been hospitalized, with 671 deaths, and approximately 172,946 cases tested by all labs, statewide, according to the most recent data from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as of May 22, at 2 p.m.