January 19, 2018 – The state of Ohio is experiencing widespread influenza. At Mercer Health, we are seeing influenza patients in our outpatient areas, as well as patients that have been admitted for care and treatment related to influenza. As a precaution, we are now limiting all visitors under the age of 14 at Mercer County Community Hospital in all departments. This now includes siblings visiting the Childbirth Center. In addition, we request patients in our outpatient clinics and physician offices limit the accompaniment of additional individuals during appointments.

We encourage those who are sick and need medical care to seek treatment.  However, if you are exhibiting signs of cold or flu symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat) and are not seeking treatment, we kindly ask that you do not visit.

We are implementing these restrictions to protect our patients, especially those with compromised immune systems from further illness, to protect visitors from exposure to influenza, and to help keep our staff healthy so we may continue to provide quality care for our patients.

Visitor restrictions will remain in place to protect our staff and community until the number of influenza cases in Mercer County and the surrounding areas decrease. For the most current information, please check www.mercer-health.com.