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Earlier this month, the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri temporarily closed its doors due to a possible distemper outbreak. The shelter underwent a deep cleaning and quarantined animals, after learning one of its recently adopted dogs showed possible signs of having the virus.

Development Director of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, Lindsey Morales, said although they have reopened, the public still does not have access to the kennels.

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Last year, SoutheastHEALTH Ambassadors, a volunteer board for the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, collaborated with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department to raise money for heart health awareness. They covered the cost of scales and pedometers for heart patients last year through Southeast Hospital’s Heartstrong Fund.

This year, they raised money to distribute 10 automated external defibrillators and CPR kits to non-profits.

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Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department celebrated National Running Day and a postponed Bike to Work and School Day, due to inclement weather on the planned date in May. They hosted a 5K, a 1 mile fun run, Zumba activities, and invited bikers to join in Caphaha Park. 

The Missouri Hospital Association released its annual workforce report this month finding that staff nurses in Missouri had the highest vacancy rate in the 16 years of the survey’s existence. And in Southeast Missouri, registered nurse vacancies have more than doubled in the last year. Jeannie Fadler, vice president of Patient Care Services at Saint Francis Medical Center explains why these numbers are high and how Saint Francis is tackling the issue.

Locally-owned Italian restaurant Bella Italia in Cape Girardeau has announced it’s going smoke-free starting June 1. Owner Mark Dirnberger says they want to keep up with ongoing health trends in the community.


“We’ve had several of our clientele ask us when and if we were going to, they would be looking forward to it,” said Dirnberger. “General health-wise and consideration for employees and staff also, we are going to be a non-smoking operation.”