UWSEMO has established a COVID-19 fund specifically for our network partners and programs that directly help those in financial need. These include The Salvation Army, area food pantries, senior centers and programs, and Emergency Student Funds and backpack programs at area public schools. Although schools are closed, we believe the need will be great when classes resume and the longer that working students and parents must remain at home. Funds also will be directed to the Family Transition Team consisting of social workers throughout the region who collectively respond to immediate need. In addition to the fund, we are updating these resources as we learn of them. We encourage everyone to stay home and stay healthy. Thank you for your support.


RESOURCES in SOutheast Missouri

Information About the COVID-19 Virus

Coronavirus Evaluation Hotline: 5733314200

DHSS hotline, staffed by nurses and other health care professionals, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 877-435-8411.

Cape Girardeau County Health Department or call 573-335-7846

Missouri Coronavirus GIS Hub

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

For state information call 211 or visit them at: www.211helps.org/covid-19-where-to-turn/

For local resources call First Call for Help: 573-334-4357 or visit: http://www.firstcallforhelpsemo.org/

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization

Utility Information

 Ameren Missouri - Electric

*Ameren is suspending service disconnections and forgiving late payments through May 1.

Please call 800.552.7583 for more information.

Ameren/211 Income Relief Program

City of Cape Girardeau - Water

*Disconnects for non-payment have been postponed so all households will have water for hygiene purposes.

 Food Pantries

EMAA is providing sack lunches to households in need.  They just need to call the day before by 2pm to get a lunch the next day.  For all household members, not just kids. 



Food Stamps and other resources : https://mydss.mo.gov/

Senior Citizens

Legacy Hospice is offering to get groceries and other purchased items for the elderly or fragile neighbors. Call 573-803-3862.

Education Resources

SpectrumSpectrum is providing free access for any NEW customers for 60 days for anyone with a student in grades K-12. You need to call 844.488.8395 for more information.

Additional Available Internet Options for Students

Scholastic: is giving 20 days of FREE lessons.

ABCMouse: FREE membership while the schools are closed. CODE: SCHOOL7771 


Online resources to help your kids learn at home during COVID-19

Child Care Aware of America

How to talk to your child about COVID-19:

Small Business Owners

Cape Girardeau Area Chamber Keep Cape Strong

Business owners need to go directly to the SBA at the following link.



The SBA can provide information regarding the worksheet and process the request for assistance. When the Governor’s request for an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration is approved, that information will be distributed through the regions to the local jurisdictions.

Key Reminders

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water, at least 20 seconds.
  • Try not to touch your face.
  • Take steps to limit your time in community, especially where people gather.
  • Only use public transportation when necessary and create space between yourself and others in public.
  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled and that you have the essentials.

Volunteer to help people affected by covid-19

American Red Cross

To date our region has canceled over 2,700 blood drives resulting in over 87,000 units of UNCOLLECTED blood. There is no time to hope the blood supply comes back; we must impact our community now. Roughly 35% of the population is eligible to donate, but fewer than 3% actually do. Please encourage others to help meet this critical need.
´╗┐How can you help? Please host a blood drive!! Or donate at the Southeast Missouri Blood Donation Center on 20 S. Mt. Auburn Rd., Cape Girardeau, MO. You can check out biomedical updates or schedule your appointment at the American Red Cross website or by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app.
With the growing fear and concern for COVID-19, the Red Cross will still respond to natural disasters but with different precautionary guidelines. The upcoming free smoke alarm installation dates for Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, and Poplar Bluff have been postponed until further notice.  
Cape Girardeau Public Schools
Cape Girardeau Public Schools needs healthy volunteers to help with the temporary feeding program at Cape Girardeau elementary schools in response to COVID-19.


Volunteers need to come alone and be healthy.
You must work the entire shift on the days you are assigned. This is 7:30am - 12:30pm for food prep, distribution and clean up. Only volunteers and kitchen staff will be in the buildings.


Someone from CGPS will call to schedule you. Please do not show up unless you are contacted.


The following locations are providing meals for pick up between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
* Alma Schrader Elementary, 1360 Randol Ave.
* Blanchard Elementary, 1829 Sprigg St.
* Clippard Elementary, 2880 Hopper Road
* Franklin Elementary, 1550 Themis St.
* Jefferson Elementary, 520 S. Minnesota St.




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