Updated // 9:21 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 26
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has confirmed the third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 across Bollinger and Cape Counties.
According to a press release from the health center, two of the individuals who tested positive received care at St. Francis Medical Center on Mar. 22, and were discharged to quarantine at home on the 23. One lives in Bollinger County and the other in Cape County. St. Francis has administered 54 tests, 23 of which have returned negative.
One of the individuals who tested positive is a Cape County resident, and is currently in Southeast Hospital’s isolation unit. Southeast has administered 26 tests, 25 of which have returned negative.
To date, the total number of tests administered across the county remains unknown, when accounting for other area healthcare providers not associated with either hospital.
Additional cases are expected to be confirmed locally due to increased testing.
The health center says the number of cases can be “reduced significantly” by social distancing, washing hands, and staying home when feeling sick.
According to the health center, it’s estimated that 80% of those infected with COVID-19 recover after mild symptoms. Others - especially the elderly and those with serious chronic medical conditions - may experience more severe symptoms which require hospitalization and sometimes result in death.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is providing data on positive cases by county and age range across the state through a virtual map, which can be found here. According to the Health Center, some reported county cases may not reflect numbers on the DHSS website due to delayed reporting.
If you have questions regarding COVID-19 or think you may need to be tested, call the Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline at (573) 331-4200. The community-wide Coronavirus Test Collection Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau.