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Coronavirus COVID-19

What can you do to help? Get vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best protection against the virus, keeping you and your loved ones safe.

Vaccination Clinics

Vaccination appointments are available at Saint Francis Medical Center, Monday through Friday:

Healing Arts Pharmacy
211 Saint Francis Drive
Entrance 2
Cape Girardeau

Please call 573-381-5958 to schedule an appointment.

Vaccine Resources

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or if you are interested in receiving your vaccination, please visit the State of MIssouri COVID-19 Vaccine page.

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

Visit KeepCapeStrong.com for more information on COVID-19-related resources and closures in Cape Girardeau County.

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Vaccine Fact Sheets

Getting Tested

Saint Francis Healthcare System operates multiple testing locations throughout the region, including Cape Girardeau., Sikeston, Polar Bluff and Dexter.

If you feel you may have COVID-19, please contact your local urgent care center or primary care office for testing. Testing is completed if you are actively showing symptoms of COVID-19.

If you are seeking a rapid test for work or school requirements and have no active symptoms, please contact your nearest pharmacy or your local health department for testing options.

If you feel you have a medical emergency, such as chest pain, stroke symptoms, severe shortness of breath, etc., please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department for evaluation.

Visitor Guidelines

In order to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, we are limiting visitors within Saint Francis clinics. We recognize, however, having family present to participate in a patient’s healthcare is a desire of many patients. The following guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff. Please see the “Visitor Guidelines Exceptions” section below for exceptions to these guidelines:

All Saint Francis Locations

The following guidelines apply to Saint Francis Medical Center and all practices and clinics:

  • Masks are required at all times, regardless of vaccination.
    • Visitors must provide their own mask. Masks with valves are not permitted. Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
    • Visitors must always keep their mask on, including when in waiting rooms, patient rooms and examination rooms.
  • Visitors should practice social distancing and maintain six feet from others. Waiting areas will have limited, socially distanced seating to limit contact with others.
  • Visitors will be asked to exit the room for any aerosol-generating procedures or during collection of respiratory specimens.
  • Any visitor that does not comply with visitor guidelines may be asked to leave.

Saint Francis Medical Center

In addition to the guidelines listed in the “All Saint Francis Locations“ section above, the following apply to patient visitors at Saint Francis Medical Center:

  • All inpatients (including surgical and Emergency patients) will be allowed two visitors in the Medical Center at a time.
  • Visitors must be 12 years or older; a parent or guardian must accompany children as the second visitor.
  • COVID patients may also have two visitors at a time. Visitors must notify staff when they arrive so we can provide a mask, glove, gown, etc., prior to entering the room. Visitors should not bring personal belongings inside the patient room and should always leave their masks and other protective wear on while in the room. When visitors finish the visit, they will exit the Medical Center directly and will not be allowed to wait or congregate in other areas.

Saint Francis Clinics

In addition to the guidelines listed in the “All Saint Francis Locations“ section above, the following apply to visitors accompanying patients at all Saint Francis clinics:

  • Clinic patients will be allowed two visitors to accompany them for the duration of the visit.
  • Dependents of clinic patients will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Families with siblings should be allowed to attend the visit as long as the location can maintain safety for patients and colleagues.

Saint Francis Family BirthPlace

Please refer to the Family BirthPlace Visitor Guidelines

Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Families will be allowed two designated caregivers to stay with them for the duration of their stay.
  • Families will be allowed to designate four surrogate visitors for the duration of the stay.
  • Visiting hours for designated surrogate visitors will be from 8 am – 8 pm.
  • Surrogate visitors must sign in and out at the front desk.
  • No more than two visitors per family may be in a room at a time.
  • All visitors other than biological parents must be over the age of 18 years.
  • Please call the Level III NICU at 573-331-5504 or ask your nurse for more specifics on visitation guidelines.

Saint Francis Pediatric Visits

  • Patients will be allowed two designated primary caregivers to stay with them throughout their stay.
  • Visiting hours are from 8 am – 8 pm.
  • All visitors must be over the age of 12.
  • Patients will be allowed one additional visitor during hospital visiting hours.
  • All visitors must sign in and out upon entering and leaving the Pediatric Unit.
  • Please check with your nurse for more details on these visitation guidelines.

Visitor Guidelines Exceptions

  • Intensive Care Units (ICU) – Visiting hours for ICU are 10 am-noon, 2-6 pm and 8:30-10 pm daily.

Any visitor who does not comply with the above visitor guidelines may be asked to leave.

Other Restrictions

  • Some on-site support groups and classes are temporarily cancelled. Please verify with organizers.
  • Outside floral deliveries are now accepted at Saint Francis Medical Center and clinics. Florists must wear a mask when making a delivery.