Cape Girardeau Co. Public Health Center; Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


Every Wednesday, The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center will be making posts to their Facebook page under ‘Why I got Vaccinated Day’, a campaign which allows individuals to share why they chose to get vaccinated at the local clinics.

John Moore

This weekend, over 1,400 students celebrate their accomplishments at Southeast Missouri State University's commencement ceremonies at the Show-Me-Center in Cape Girardeau.


This year, due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, graduates will be honored in five separate ceremonies, with about 225 graduates present at each event.

   Of the 1,446 students, 1,102 receive their undergraduate degree; 319 receive their master's degree; and 25 candidates will receive their specialist degree. 

After many of them have worked remotely for more than a year, state employees will soon return to their offices.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued a directive Wednesday ordering state employees to return to in-person work on May 17, even though COVID-19 vaccination rates in Missouri are far below the threshold for herd immunity.

In a news release, Parson said the availability of vaccines and low infection rates influenced his decision.

The rate of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed in Missouri, and recent polling found that efforts to reach herd immunity may be challenged due to hesitation on the part of several demographic groups.

The poll mirrors similar national studies showing that politically conservative men stand as one of the doubtful groups toward vaccines, but it also shows especially low vaccination rates among the uninsured and people on Medicaid.

According to a press release, Gov. Parson accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams earlier on Tues. Apr. 20. 

Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell has been named as the Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, effective immediately.