Safe, not Scared: COVID-19 response in Cape Girardeau County, Mo.

Safe, not Scared: COVID-19 response in Cape Girardeau County, Mo.
Cape Girardeau County releases its own plan for reopening, based on the governor’s plan. (Source: google)


Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

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Friday, September 25, 2020 at 10:22 a.m. CT


Missouri’s Stay-at-Home order ended on Monday, May 4 and the state reopened under Phase 2 of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan on June 16. Missouri officials are working on a plan for classrooms in the fall. Area food banks offered mobile food distributions.

Stay at home

Governor Parson announced Phase 2 of the Recovery plan would begin June 16. It included fully reopening the state.

As of July 13, Cape Girardeau Co. is under an emergency face covering order until further notice.

Cape Girardeau County released its own guidelines for reopening. Phase 1 of the plan began on May 4.


Cape Splash and the municipal pool reopened July 8. This is after a part-time employee at Cape Splash tested positive for COVID-19.

The Cape County Public Health Center says it will release a list of businesses in the county that could have potential COVID-19 exposures. The first list was released on Monday, July 6.


The City of Cape Girardeau postponed the Fourth of July Fireworks show and the Spirit of America Award Presentation in Arena Park due to a rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in the county.


Officials in Missouri are working on a plan to put students back in the classroom in the fall.

School districts in the area offered meal pickups for students.

How to help

The Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau said they’ve seen an increased need for food and financial assistance.

If you’re feeling healthy, you can make an appointment to donate blood to the American Red Cross

How to get help

The SEMO Food Bank is holding three additional mobile food distributions.

If you need help filing an unemployment claim, you can click here.

You can find essential services, like food pantries, food banks, school meal programs, diaper banks, and more in Missouri by clicking here and choosing your county.

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