Please note: This page will be updated with factual information as it becomes available. 

Q: Why is the COVID-19 disease or the novel coronavirus " a big deal"?
Since COVID-19 disease is caused by a new virus, people do not have immunity to it. Many diseases can be spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking. COVID-19 might also be spread just from tiny droplets remaining in the air even after the ill person is no longer near. Unlike other diseases, immunity, vaccine or anti-viral treatment. Lasting damage to the lungs, heart, kidneys, brain and other organs is possible after a severe case of COVID-19. Doctors and scientists are working to estimate the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be substantially higher than that of most strains of the flu. It is our responsibility to help our citizens stay safe, we hope you feel the same way about the people around you.

Q: What science says masking is effective and safe?
woman wearing face covering, with a detail showing how the cloth barrier helps to contain respiratory droplets that she exhalesCloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face-covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that show cloth face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of cloth face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Q: What is "essential business"?
 A: Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility to continue operations during these unprecedented times. View a list from the Department of Homeland Security.

Q: What should I do if I think a business is not operating in accordance with a public order?
A: First, consider that the business might be operating under special circumstances and in compliance with any current orders. You can ask the business directly. If you still feel that there is a public health concern, please contact the Cape Girardeau County Health Department

Q: Is 5G cell phone technology linked to the spread of the novel coronavirus?
A: No. A worldwide online conspiracy theory has attempted to link 5G cell phone technology as being one of the causes of the coronavirus. This is absolutely false.

Q: Have the police stopped patrolling and writing traffic tickets due to COVID-19 concerns?
A. No. The Police Department is still patrolling. 
COVID-19 has not eliminated state laws, city ordinances, or our commitment to keeping our community safe.

Q: Is the Bill Emerson Bridge closing to traffic?
A: There is no plan to close the bridge at this time.

Q: Are grocery stores in Cape Girardeau closing?
A: Due to supply chain issues and required thorough cleaning procedures, several stores have voluntarily reduced their hours but remain open. Some have instituted special shopping hours for the at-risk. Check with stores for hours and occupancy limit updates. 

Q: Why can't you disinfect the City with the mosquito spray trucks?
A: The best means of keeping you and your family safe is through hand washing and cleaning surfaces you touch frequently, as well as social distancing and masking.