What We Are Doing
We're working with our community businesses and organizations to provide updates on hours, closures, and other information relevant to the public as we navigate the COVID-19 situation. Many of our local businesses are working hard to maintain clean and safe environments for customers and clients through this time. We encourage you to continue to support local businesses as you are able.
Join the Facebook Group, Sikeston Take-out and Delivery Options for local restaurant menus and and adjustments they are making in response to the Coronavirus.
This page will be updated daily. If you've like to submit information on your business or organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
The City of Sikeston and Scott County
The City of Sikeston and Scott County have both decided not to extend their stay at home orders, therefore our community will only have those restrictions and guidelines outlined by Governor Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan.
The State of Missouri
Yesterday Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan outlining how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4, 2020.
- Here is the full press release.
- For more information see Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan: Phase 1 Guidelines and FAQs pdf or website.
- Also see The Order in place through May 3, 2020 which explicitly states that individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence unless necessary.
Governor Mike Parson announced that all Missouri public and charter school buildings will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. See full press release here.
- The Better Schools for Better Communities vote has been postponed until June 2. Absentee voting is open in Scott and New Madrid Counties. You may fax or email your ballot application to:
- Southeast Missouri State University has suspended all in-person classes through the end of the semester. In-person classes will be provided through alternative means (online, Zoom, etc.)
- Three Rivers Community College will be providing virtual instruction through the end of the semester.
Southeast Missouri Food Bank
Missouri Foundation for Health has awarded a nearly $200,000 grant to Southeast Missouri Food Bank to hire workers displaced by the coronavirus outbreak to help pack and distribute food to seniors and many families newly in need.
- The $198,720 grant will allow the food bank to hire 12 temporary employees to work full-time for the next 10 weeks to help sort, package and distribute food at the food bank’s Sikeston distribution center and at mobile food distributions held throughout its 16-county area.
Lapse in Appropriations Notice: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.
- EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
With Funding Lapsed, What Can Businesses Do Now?
See great information from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce here.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Assistance
- The U.S. Chamber has announced a NEW grant program providing $5,000 grants to small businesses in economically distressed areas. (Our zip code qualifies.)
- The application will be available Monday, April 20 at 2:00 pm CST. You can enter your email here to receive a reminder when the application goes live.
- Employee Retention Tax Credit - 50% tax credit for first $10,000 of compensation
Additional information for Small Businesses
Congress is working to provide additional funding for the following:
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide - from the US Chamber of Commerce
- Apply through the SBA
Payment Protection Program
- Small Business Guide and Checklist for PPP - from the US Chamber of Commerce
- Apply through your local banker
- If you're a lender, more information can be found here.
- If you're a borrower, more information can be found here.
- The application for borrowers can be found here.
Important Tax Information
The Federal Government has also extended all tax returns, federal income tax payments and self-employed tax payments that are due April 15 to July 15.
The State of Missouri has adopted a similar position as well. However, not all states have made this adjustment. You can find more information here, or contact your accountant for filing deadlines in other states.
The Small Business Administration has several new options available to help you through this time. Missouri has met all criteria to be eligible for the SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Program. We expect to have word any day that applications can be submitted. This program will help provide working capital (up to $2M) for small (less than 500 employees) businesses that are unable to receive financing from traditional lending institutions.
- See the SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for additional information.
Please read and share this Public Service Announcement with your employees, friends and family regarding current, local testing ability. It is vital that we support our local healthcare community by calling 1-877-435-8411 BEFORE seeking a COVID test.
Bootheel Counseling Services
- All scheduled behavioral health counseling, medication management, and primary care appointments will be conducted over the phone or via telehealth.
- If you need a new appointment, please call 573-471-0800.
- If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a behavioral health crisis please continue to call the crisis hotline, 1-800-356-5395.
Missouri Delta Medical Center
- Missouri Delta will resume elective surgeries on Monday, May 4th. Understanding the balance of risks between community exposure to COVID-19 and suspended healthcare for existing conditions, elective surgery access will be provided with safeguards in place.
- We will perform COVID-19 screenings on all patients as part of their pre-op testing.
- We will allow our surgery patients to have one support person that will be required to wear a mask.
- See Missouri Delta Medical Center's full COVID-19 policy for additional information.
Saint Francis Medical Center
- In an effort to stop the spread of illness and protect our patients and staff, effective Tuesday, March 24, NO visitors are permitted at Saint Francis Medical Center. There will be some exceptions; more information to follow. Ambulatory Clinics will continue to limit the number of people who accompany patients to a scheduled appointment or Urgent Care visit at all clinic locations. All visitors or family members will be asked to return to their vehicles. Exceptions: ONE visitor will be permitted for elderly patients or people with a disability who need assistance; ONE parent/guardian will be permitted for pediatric patients. All clinics will continue screening patients upon entry.
- See Saint Francis Medical Center's full COVID-19 policy for more information.
SEMO Health Network
- SEMO Health Network encourages ALL patients to call before any visits to our Medical Centers. Please do not come to the clinics unless advised. We're here to help & answer any questions you may have via phone.
- Medical Centers Phone Numbers:
- Benton: 573-545-4200
- Bernie: 573-293-6836
- Caruthersville: 573-359-9803
- Kennett: 573-717-1332
- New Madrid: 573-748-2592
- Sikeston Medical: 573-472-1770
- Medical Centers Phone Numbers:
- Dental clinics are only seeing EMERGENCY cases. If you have a dental emergency, please call 573-471-4767.
See Below for a list of open local restaurants
We will update this as information is communicated to us.