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Coronavirus Test Collection Center Opens Tuesday

The community-wide Coronavirus Test Collection Center begins operations Tuesday, March 24 at 8 am at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. This is a joint endeavor between SoutheastHEALTH, Saint Francis Healthcare System, Cape Girardeau County Public Health and City of Cape Girardeau.

“We are pleased to begin operations on this joint endeavor to serve our community,” says Dr. Maryann Reese, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. “As this pandemic enters our community, it is imperative to keep potential COVID-19 patients away from other patients and healthcare facilities.”

The Center is by appointment only; a pre-screening is required. Anyone seeking a test must first call the Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline at 573-331-4200. The Hotline is staffed from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Nurses provide screening for anyone that thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19. If a patient meets the strict DHSS and CDC screening criteria, the patient will be directed to the Coronavirus Test Collection Center.

The Coronavirus Test Collection Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to noon.

If you are experiencing emergent medical symptoms, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

If you have mild symptoms and would not have driven to the emergency room six months ago, please do not go now. You should stay home, self-quarantine and call the Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline at 573-331-4200 for next steps.

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