Please Note: Masks Are Required at All Saint Francis Locations
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Coronavirus COVID-19

Saint Francis Healthcare System operates multiple testing locations throughout the region. All testing locations are by appointment only; a pre-screening is required.

If you feel you may have COVID-19, please call the Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline at 573-331-4200 between 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday for instructions; if you meet the CDC and DHSS testing criteria, you will receive further instructions on obtaining a test. If you do not meet the criteria, please call your primary care provider for instructions. If you feel you have a medical emergency, such as chest pain, stroke symptoms, severe shortness of breath, etc., please call 911 or come to the Emergency Department for evaluation.

Who Gets Vaccinated First?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a phased approach to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to the public based on three priority phases.

Who Gets the COVIC Vaccine First?
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If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or are interested in receiving it, please see this post from the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center:

To ensure that all individuals wanting a COVID-19 vaccination receive one, we are creating a list of individuals that…

Posted by Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center on Monday, January 11, 2021

If you have questions for your primary care provider, please send a message through MyChart or speak with them at your next scheduled appointment.

When Will the Vaccine be Available to the General Public?

Due to the prioritization process established by federal health agencies, phase one individuals will receive the vaccination first. It may take several months before the vaccine is available to the general public.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or are interested in receiving it, please contact your local health department.

If you have questions for your primary care provider, please send a message through MyChart or speak with them at your next scheduled appointment.

For more information about the vaccine prioritization process, please visit

The information above is current as of December 22, 2020 – more information coming soon.

Please Wear a Mask!

Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline open 8 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus first detected in China, which causes flu-like symptoms such as a cough, fever and difficulty breathing. The disease spreads primarily through physical contact with the virus, or can be transmitted by an infected person when they cough or sneeze. View the CDC’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19.



What Steps is Saint Francis Taking?

Visit the Saint Francis Healthcare System Facebook page to view videos related to our COVID-19 response

Closures, Cancellations & Restrictions

Saint Francis is taking the following steps to protect the health of our patients, visitors, providers and colleagues:

  • Effective Wednesday, July 29, Saint Francis Medical Center will permit ONE visitor per patient. Visitors are not permitted for the COVID Care Unit. Further restrictions or exceptions related to OB, Pediatric, ICU and NICU patient visitors are listed below.
    • Visitors must be 18 years or older.
    • Patients and visitors must provide their own mask. Masks with valves are not permitted. Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
    • Visitors must keep their mask on at all times. Patients must remain masked at all times unless instructed otherwise by a provider as part of an exam.
    • All patients and visitors will be screened upon each entry into all Saint Francis locations. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms will not be permitted entry – fever and/or new onset or worsening cough or shortness of breath.
    • Patients and their visitor do not need to social distance from each other but are required to maintain six feet socially distanced from others at all times. Waiting areas will have limited, socially distanced seating to limit contact with others.
  • OB and pediatric patients may have ONE designated visitor for the entire stay. Visitors must enter and be screened at Entrance 4. Visitors must stay in the room while on property. If a patient presents after hours for labor and delivery or emergency, they will be screened at Entrance 5.
  • ICU patients may have ONE visitor. Visitors must enter and be screened at Entrance 4 between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AND 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Visitors must stay in the patient’s room. If the visitor leaves the Medical Center, no re-entry will be permitted. No visitor waiting room available.
  • NICU patients may have both parents visit the NICU once each day; if they leave, they must wait until the next day for entrance. Parents will enter through Entrance 4 during open hours and will be screened upon entry. Individuals are required to stay in the zone until departing home for the day. Only one parent can be at the bedside at any given time. Parents will be provided meal cards and are not allowed to have food delivered or bring in outside food in original packaging.
  • Surgical patients requiring an overnight stay may have ONE visitor. This visitor must remain the same individual during the length of the patient’s stay. The visitor must be 18 years or older. Patients and visitors must provide their own mask. Mask must cover the nose and mouth. All visitors must enter through Entrance 4 between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Visitors will be screened for COVID systems upon entry. We ask that all visitors remain in the patient’s room during their visit.
  • We are restricting entrance into the Medical Center until further notice. If an entrance is closed, please proceed to another open entrance.
    • Entrances 1, 6 and 9 are closed.
    • Entrance 2 will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.
    • Entrance 4 will be open Monday through Friday from 5:30 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 7 pm.
    • Entrance 5 will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
    • Entrance 7 will be open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm.
    • Entrance 8 will be open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Fitness Plus in Cape has now reopened! Fitness Plus Dexter is closed until further notice.
  • Fresh Healthy Cafe will be open Monday – Friday from 6 am – 8 pm.
  • Fresh Express will be open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm.
  • Mass will be privately celebrated by Father Alexander and colleagues only. Mass can be viewed daily on Channel 22 in the Medical Center, Monday-Thursday at 11 am and Friday at 10 am The chapel is always open for individual prayer (except during Mass). Adoration occurs daily from 12-4 pm. Colleagues are encouraged to sign up for Adoration by calling Pastoral Care at x5146.
  • Outside clergy members are no longer permitted to visit patients. We will utilize our own Pastoral Care staff and electronic methods to minister to patients.
  • Floral deliveries to Saint Francis Healthcare System locations from outside vendors is currently suspended. Floral orders are available for delivery within the medical center through Inspire Boutique.
  • Volunteer shifts are available in a limited capacity. If interested in volunteering, please contact Teresa Lukefahr at 573-331-5166 or
  • Some on-site support groups and classes are temporarily cancelled. Please verify with organizers.
  • Visit for more information on local COVID-19-related resources and closures.


Five steps to help prevent COVID-19 infection - 1. Wash your hands. 2. Cough into your elbow. 3. Don't touch your face. 4. Keep a safe distance from others. 5. Stay home if you can.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has recommended that residents adhere to the the following guidelines:

  • Limit your public exposure. Go to work, conduct essential business, and go home.
  • Limit gatherings to groups of 10 or fewer.
  • Implement personal protective measures, such as staying home when ill and washing hands frequently.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Actively engage in social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from others.

In addition to maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others, the CDC also recommends wearing a cloth mask or other face covering while in public. Surgical masks or N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare professionals.

Saint Francis recommends taking the following additional precautions:

  • Avoid personal contact (shaking hands, etc.)
  • Do not share drinks
  • When not able to wash hands, use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Stay home if you have a respiratory illness. If you suspect a COVID-19 infection, consult our online COVID-19 questionnaire for further guidance.

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