Cape County health board addresses vaccine concerns (7/28/21)The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center Board of Trustees appeared simple enough. Review minutes, hear routine reports and review the center’s monthly revenue and expenses. But a standing-room-only crowd of about 50 people, many of them carrying protest signs, had another agenda item in mind. ...
Cape School District officials have not decided stance on masking, social distancing (7/28/21)Cape Girardeau School District officials have not made a decision on what preventative measures will be used against the pandemic, according to a statement sent to the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday. The statement from Kristin Tallent, the district’s communications director, said any decisions made regarding preventive measures to protect students and staff will be made with the input of local health officials. ...
Scott, New Madrid county health departments outline quarantine guidelines (7/26/21)NEW MADRID, Mo. — With the school year quickly approaching and COVID numbers increasing, both the Scott County and New Madrid County health departments released quarantine procedures for county residents. According to the announcements, both released last week, any person who is considered a "close contact" of a positive COVID patient will be asked to quarantine one of two ways...
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