People take advantage of state park openings, weather

We found many people out at Trail of Tears State Park in Cape Girardeau County where they were hiking, swimming, fishing and enjoying being out, all while taking social distancing into consideration.

Jackson County Health Department reports 15 new cases of COVID-19

Southern Seven Health Department 2 new COVID-19 related deaths in the region

One more Cape Girardeau County resident tests positive for COVID-19

8,571 total positive COVID-19 cases reported in Ky.

  One Heartland jail makes changes to keep everyone safe

Cape Girardeau County Health Department reports one new case of COVID-19

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Randolph County Officials report 4 new cases of COVID-19

Graves County Health Department announces 5 new cases of COVID-19

Jackson County Officials report seven new cases of COVID-19, seven new recoveries

No new COVID-19 cases or recoveries in Perry County

IDES to notify applicants who may have had information viewed by another individual due to PUA system issues

Bollinger County reports 6 total COVID-19 cases

Southern Seven Health Department reports 6 newly recovered cases, 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the region

To date, there are 78 residents from the region who have recovered.

SoutheastHEALTH names new director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Jason Emmenderfer, PT, MBA, CSCS, was appointed to the positive.

Union City High School cancels prom

Juniors and seniors will be notified of the decision via an email from Union City High School Guidance Counselor Susan Searcy.

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Randolph County

There have been a total of 256 confirmed cases.

Southern Seven Health Department reports one newly recovered case of COVID-19

Four more residents test positive for COVID-19 in Jackson County

One new COVID-19 positive case reported in Williamson County

  Heartland restaurant stands up for employees after receiving negative comments

Cape Girardeau County Health Department reports one new case of COVID-19

  2,198 total COVID-19 cases in the Heartland as of 5/21

$300 Million in CARES funding to go to Kentucky city and county governments

Kentucky is to receive a $300 million award to go to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  MO SOS delivers protection equipment for elections

On Wednesday, he went to 11 Southeast Missouri counties delivering thousands of items to county clerks to use on Missouri elections this year.

Caruthersville Humane Society reschedules fundraiser

The walk was originally planned for April.

New Madrid County Health Department to host a drive thru COVID-19 testing site

Residents have to preregister online at:

Two new cases of COVID-19 reported in Williamson County

Of these positive cases, 40 have recovered in Williamson county and 10 have recovered in Franklin county

Illinois SNAP recipients to be able to buy food online

Any retailers interested in the program can find more information and apply at

FBI warns of child sexual abuse materials being displayed during Zoom Meetings

The FBI is warning Zoom users of child sexual abuse materials and videos being broadcasted during meetings.

  Attorney explains if ‘COVID-19 surcharge’ is legal

Some businesses and restaurants are adding a COVID-19 surcharge.

  Cape Girardeau comedy club owner serves on coronavirus frontlines

Jeff Johnson, the owner of Laughing Gas Comedy Club, is a trained respiratory therapist, an occupation heavily relied on during this pandemic.

  Bike shops see increase in sales during COVID-19 pandemic

More and more people are bicycling during the pandemic.

  Walk Challenge in Jackson helps people understand their Ward and utilities

It's called the "Walk Jackson Challenge 2020" and is designed to educate citizens about their wards they live in and the services Public Works provides.

  Graduates face employment challenges during pandemic

Workforce Development Board of Southeast Missouri CEO June O’Dell said for both high school and college graduates, they need to be patient and persistent and utilize every resource they can.

  SIU to begin accepting applications for new nursing program

They will begin accepting up to 55 applicants in the fall.

IDES investigates limited data access issue in PUA system

An investigation found that one PUA applicant was able to accidentally access personal identifying information of a limited number of applicants.

Spring Tunes at Twilight canceled

Tunes at Twilight, a Cape Girardeau tradition, has been canceled this spring.

  Churches start bringing people back in with safety precautions

Churches in Southeast Missouri are starting to allow people in for their Sunday services while others are still preparing. Most seem to offer online services though.

Illinois Public Health Officials announce 1,734 new cases of COVID-19

7-day rolling positivity rate is 15%.

Randolph County reports 3 new cases of COVID-19 since May 14

175 individuals have been released to resume normal activity.

Gov. Beshear comments on defeating COVID-19, Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome

He stated that the syndrome was “scary” and that the Kentucky Pediatric #COVID19 Hotline was staffed and ready to answer questions.

Illinois public health officials announce 2,088 new cases of COVID-19

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 23,047 specimens for a total of 561,649. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate is 15%.

4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County

46 active cases are currently being managed.

Graves County COVID-19 case count reaches 151

The Graves County Health Department today announced the 151st confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Graves County.· A Graves County resident in her 50’s tested positive for COVID-19. She is in isolation at home.“So many have recovered now. That is really good sign.” said Kathy Giff

Health Department reports 241 COVID-19 cases in Randolph County

170 residents have been released from quarantine.

Marshall County to open county government offices

Changes may be made to hours and facility availability if a spike in cases occur within our community.

  Heartland couple spends 50 days apart fighting COVID-19

Couple beats COVID-19

Baptist Health Paducah makes changes to visitor policy

Baptist Health Paducah is making changes to their visitor restrictions to allow one visitor at a time for most patients, beginning Monday, May 18.

  401 COVID-19 cases in Lake County Tenn., 394 linked to Northwest Correctional Complex

1,168 people in the county have been tested for COVID-19.

Cape Girardeau Co. Health Dept. reports 2nd death from COVID-19

The Cape Girardeau County Health Department reported the second death from complications from COVID-19.

  New Madrid Health Department reports first COVID-19 related death

The county has had 14 confirmed cases.

4 more residents test positive for COVID-19 in Jackson County

So far 126 residents have been released from isolation, leaving 44 active cases in the county.

11 new cases of COVID-19 in Southern Seven region; 3 newly recovered

Seven cases are in Pulaski County, and four cases are in Union County.

SoutheastHEALTH negotiating with insurance provider

The hospital said their current contract expires in June.

Williamson County Health Department reports one new case of COVID-19

So far, 36 have recovered in Williamson County and 8 have recovered in Franklin County.

Group to renovate, revitalize former hospital

The mayor of Kennett announced Thursday a group has agreed to renovate and revitalize the former Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Randolph County reports 3 new cases of COVID-19

So far there have been 240 residents in the county who tested positive for COVID-19.

Cape Girardeau County reports no news cases of COVID-19, no new recoveries

There has not been any changes since Wednesday, May 13.

Flags at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 15, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

One additional COVID-19 positive resident in Jackson County

43 active cases are currently being managed

Southern Seven Health Dept. reports 3 new deaths, 11 new positive cases of COVID-19, 2 new recoveries

All four individuals were from Union County.

Missouri Courts to reopen as part of Phase One

Starting May 18, all Circuit, Associate Circuit and Municipal divisions of the 32 Judicial Circuit will reopen.

No new cases of COVID-19 in Perry county, 11 more people have recovered

On May 14, the Perry County Health Department reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the county. 11 more residents have recovered.

  Mental health and substance abuse grant to help Mo. clinic

These funds will provide services such as mental health and substance abuse counseling.

Kenny Chesney postpones 2020 Chillaxification Tour

Kenny Chesney announced he is postponing his 2020 Chillaxification Tour.

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Dept. reports 1 new positive case

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department reported one new positive case of COVID-19 in the region on Thursday, May 14.

Total positive cases of COVID-19 in Cape Girardeau County increase to 51

The Cape Girardeau County Health Department reports 51 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 13.

  Marion girl solves COVID19’s communication challenge for the hearing impaired with adapted mask

Sabryna Richards, a junior at Marion High School, is using her talents to make thousands of special masks to keep communication open for those who need them.

  Cape Girardeau antibody testing underway

Close to 4,000 people applied to be a part of the study and 2,100 were selected to participate.

  Cape Girardeau “Great Race” rescheduled for August

The Great Race was originally scheduled for June 20-28, with an original overnight stop in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

  Mo. gaming commission extends casino closure

The Missouri Gaming Commission has extended the order to close all riverboat gaming casinos until Monday June 1.

Jackson County Health Department reports 6 new cases of COVID-19

To date, there have been 175 laboratory confirmed cases in Jackson County, including 10 deaths related to the disease.

Banterra Bank donates to local food banks and pantries

Banterra Bank is donating $30,000 in funds and giving $20,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to twenty food banks and pantries in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri.

Centerstone to create new program with $2M grant

The counties covered in the program include Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Union, Washington and Williamson.

  Recovered COVID-19 patient urges survivors to donate plasma

COVID-19 survivor spent five days on ventilator.

No new COVID-19 cases in Cape Girardeau Co. since May 10

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is reporting no new positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 12.

  Southern Ill. dentist reopens with precautions in place

The dentist or hygienist will also be required to wear full PPE, including a face shield for protection.

  Salvation Army sees increase in need during pandemic

With the loss of jobs in the area, many people have been turning to the Salvation Army for help financially.

  Cape Girardeau respiratory therapist tests negative for COVID-19 on Mother’s Day; hugs kids after 5 weeks

Once Amber Morgan got the results, she then rushed over to see her kids.

5 new COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, Ill.

86 of the positive individuals have been released from isolation, in accordance with CDC guidelines.