Cape Girardeau County Public Health

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>>>Updated: July 21, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday's total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cape County rose by 23 from Monday to 471, according to the Cape Girardeau Department of Public Health. Probable cases remained at 44, and active cases rose by 23 to 237. Overall cases rose by 23 to 515. The number of recoveries remains at 275. There were 157 cases outside of Cape and Jackson, 270 were within the City of Cape, and 88 were within the city of Jackson.       

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When temperatures spike, so do health concerns. The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center says while you’re out enjoying the beautiful weather, be sure to use the proper precautions.

Communicable Disease Coordinator Vanessa Presley says first and foremost, wear head protection and sunscreen if you're planning on being outside during the day.


“Drink lots of water,” she said. “Take frequent breaks.”

Cape Girardeau County Plans Ahead In Case Of Ebola

Oct 9, 2014
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Public health agencies in Cape Girardeau say they are ready to face a case of Ebola in the event that a patient with the disease would appear in the region.

The Ebola virus is a severe disease, formerly known as the haemorrhagic fever, and presents symptoms very similar to the flu, such as headaches, fever, muscle pain, and so forth.

Assistant fire chief for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department Mark Hasheider said the emergency responders there are preparing by reviewing their policies and procedures regarding contagious diseases.

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Flu season is just around the corner, and the Centers for Disease Control recommends different vaccines for different age groups. People under the age of 49 without respiratory illnesses can use the nasal spray Flumist. There is also the quadrivalent vaccine which contains two strains of Flu A and two strains of Flu B.

Finally, a high dose vaccine is recommended for senior citizens.

No Cases Of Enterovirus 68 In Cape Girardeau Yet

Sep 11, 2014
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Several cases of Enterovirus D68 have been reported in Missouri and Illinois. The respiratory illness has hospitalized children in Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago, but it hasn’t made it to Cape Girardeau yet.

Vanessa Landers, the communicable disease coordinator at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, said no cases have been reported at this time.

“This virus usually starts like a common cold,” she said.