Coronavirus Test Collection Center in Cape to close effective immediately

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The community-wide Coronavirus Test Collection Center will close, effective immediately.

If the region experiences a surge in positive COVID-19 cases, the Center will reopen to serve the needs of our community, according to a news release from Saint Francis Healthcare System.

In the past week, the Center has experienced a rapid decline in the number of tests performed each day in large part due to the “Stay-at-Home” order. Saint Francis Healthcare System operates multiple testing locations throughout the region. All testing locations are 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Nurses provide screening those who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19.

If a patient meets the DHSS and CDC screening criteria, the patient will be directed to the nearest Saint Francis testing location. If they are experiencing emergent medical symptoms, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If they have mild symptoms and would not have driven to the emergency room six months ago, please do not go now. They should stay home, self-quarantine and call the Coronavirus Community Nurse Hotline for next steps, the news release said.

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