COVID-19 Information

See the latest updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of University contact information at semo.edu/covid19.

COVID-19 Information

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 requires personal action on everyone's part. The following information is provided for Southeast students and employees regarding consultation, care, and processes if you think you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive.

Symptoms

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and away from others. Do not attend class or go to work and contact your healthcare provider. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: Fever of 100.4 or greater, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion/runny nose, shortness of breath, or trouble breathing.

Testing

For information on access to testing visit the Keep Cape Strong website at https://www.keepcapestrong.com/covid-19-testing-facilities to review the locations offering COVID-19 testing. Members of the campus community can also contact the Campus Health Clinic at (573) 651-2270 to schedule an appointment or by contacting your health care provider for a testing referral.

Missouri residents have access to a free at home test, available through a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. You can learn more about this program and request a kit be sent to you by visiting the Self Collection Test Shipped to Home website at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/community-test.php#self-collection.

For information on testing sites across the State of Missouri, offered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, visit their Free COVID Testing website at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/community-test.php.

What if I test positive or have been in contact with someone who tests positive?

If you test positive, or are a close contact of a positive case, you MUST follow the community health protocols recommended by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center (CGCPH) and the University on self-isolation and quarantine. To begin this process and to determine your length of quarantine or isolation, please fill out the Person Under Investigation Questionnaire (PUI).

Please just click on the link, fill out the information and hit submit.
Person Under Investigation Form

The information gathered on this form will assist in keeping track of important information for our campus community if there is a need to contact trace or to recommend testing for others in the community. The length of an isolation or quarantine period is determined by the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center. The periods will begin and end at their direction and could last a minimum of 14 days.

Quarantine means you are a close contact of a positive case and must spend 14 days watching for symptoms to develop while limiting public and social activity.  The period always lasts 14 days.  A negative test result does not end a 14-day quarantine.

Isolation happens when you become sick, have tested positive or have been diagnosed as presumed positive and have been advised to stay away from others. Isolation ends after 10 days from symptom onset or a positive test result and a 24-hour symptom free period without the use of fever reducing medication.

Students who test positive should notify their instructors and:

Faculty and staff who test positive should notify their supervisor and:

  • Director of Human Resources Alissa Davis / (573) 651-2081 / adavis@semo.edu

Contact Tracing

When a positive case is identified, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center will complete the initial case review and contact tracings will be performed by both the Public Health Center and Southeast’s contact tracers. Students are encouraged to check messages from unknown calls this semester as contact tracers work to alert potential exposures.

Contact

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7275
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701