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

Vaccination Clinics

There are no vaccine clinics scheduled at this time.

Vaccine Resources

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or are interested in receiving your vaccination at a location other than Saint Francis, please visit the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center website.

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

Vaccine Fact Sheets

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.



Getting Tested

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

Closures, Cancellations & Restrictions

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.

Visitor Guidelines

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:

  • 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.
  • Patients and visitors will continue to be screened upon entry into all Saint Francis locations. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms will not be permitted entry.
  • Visitors must always 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.
  • We discourage visitors from entering and exiting the facility frequently.
  • 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:

  • Each patient will be allowed to provide the name of two visitors for the approved visitor list. These names cannot be changed during the hospital stay.
  • Visitors must be 18 years or older.
  • Visitors will be asked to provide a photo ID and will be given a green bracelet to wear.
  • Visitors may bring in their own food or visit one of the below restaurants:
    • Tuscan Sun (6:30 am-7 pm)
    • Fresh Healthy Café (Entrance 1 – 8 am-2 pm)
  • Unless leaving to get food, we ask that visitors remain in the patient’s room during their visit.
  • Each time a visitor re-enters, he or she will be required to show photo ID and the green bracelet.
  • When a visitor is finished with the visit, he/she will exit the hospital directly and will not be allowed to wait or congregate in any other area of the hospital.

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:

  • All clinic patients will be allowed one visitor to accompany them for the duration of their time in the clinic.
  • If a clinic waiting area becomes congested, the clinic staff may ask a patient and/or visitor to wait outside the clinic to allow for social distancing.
  • Dependents of clinic patients will be handled on a case by case basis. Families with siblings and parents of pediatric patients should be allowed to attend the visit as long as the location can maintain safety for patients and colleagues.

Visitor Guidelines Exceptions

  • Intensive Care Units (ICU) – Patients in ICU may have two designated visitors for the duration of the stay. Visiting hours for ICU are 10 am-noon and 2-6 pm daily.
  • Family Birthplace (OB) – Patients in the Family Birthplace are allowed one designated visitor for the duration of the stay.
  • Emergency Department (ED) – ED patients 18 and older are allowed one designated visitor for the duration of the visit. Patients under 18 years of age may have two designated visitors.
  • End of Life – Patients at the end of life may have two visitors at the bedside at a time. Visitors may switch out throughout the day if the clinical team deems it safe and feasible.
  • COVID Patients – COVID patients who are at the end of life may have two designated individuals visit for a total of four hours.

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

Other Restrictions

  • We are restricting entrance into the Medical Center until further notice. If an entrance is closed, please proceed to another open entrance.
    • Entrance 1 is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm.
    • Entrance 2 is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.
    • Entrance 3 (Emergency Department) is open at all times.
    • Entrance 4 is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 7 pm.
    • Entrance 5 is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Entrance 6 is open Monday through Friday from 6:45 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Entrance 7 is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4:30 pm. Entrance 7 basement doors are currently closed.
    • Entrance 8 is open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 7 am through 2 pm and Sunday from Noon until 5 pm.
    • Entrance 9 is currently closed.
  • Fitness Plus in Cape has now reopened! Fitness Plus Dexter is closed until further notice.
  • Fresh Healthy Café 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 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.


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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