Just a few reminders as we head into the holidays:

Our office will close at 12:00 pm today and reopen at 1:00 pm on January 4, 2021. We will continue to work COVID-19 cases as they are reported to us. If you have any questions or need to reach us you can message us through our Facebook page and we will get back with you.

We strongly encourage everyone that if you're not feeling well to please stay home. Please do not dismiss any signs of not feeling well before you leave the house to spend time around others that would not be in your normal household.
We are asking that everyone please help do their part to slow the spread of this virus by: social distancing (keeping greater than 6 feet of distance) when around others, wear a mask when social distancing can't be maintained, and frequently wash your hands.

Stop the spread with you. Please do the following until contacted by our office:

  1. If you are tested quarantine until you receive your test result.
  2. If you are positive, isolate yourself from household members as soon as possible for 10 days.
  3. Let your household and close contacts know that you tested positive and ask them to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to you. Close contact is anyone that is closer than 6 ft for more than 15 minutes total through a 24 hour period.

Case Definitions:


  1. Meets clinical criteria AND epidemiologic linkage with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed(means symptomatic with contact to a confirmed case, no test performed)
  2. Meets presumptive laboratory evidence(this is the Antigen test or “rapid test” and can be symptomic or no symptoms)
  3. Meets vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.

Meets confirmatory laboratory evidence. (This is PCR testing)

Vital Records Criteria:
A death certificate that lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as an underlying cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Our definition of recovered is fever-free for 24 hours without medication,
improvement of symptoms, and 10 days
have passed since the onset of symptoms or date of test if asymptomatic

Graphic courtesy Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center