CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the county on Wednesday, March 25.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, two cases are being treated at Saint Francis Healthcare System and one case is being treated at SoutheastHEALTH.
The Cape Girardeau County Health Department said the patient at SoutheastHEALTH is a man in his 40s and was the second case confirmed in the county.
According to SoutheastHealth, the patient called ahead to tell the hospital they were seeking treatment, after a private lab in Cape Girardeau County confirmed he tested positive for the virus.
Health officials state that this is the correct course to take in getting tested and receiving medical care.
The call ahead to medical staff prevents and limits exposure to others.
SoutheastHealth said the patient is in isolation and staff are prepared to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Staff are following guidelines form the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the CDC.
Health officials said first case to test positive for COVID-19 in Cape Girardeau County was a 60-year-old man.
He is also in isolation.