CELINA- The ninth Mercer County resident to die from COVID-19 was an 84-year-old female from Celina.

As of June 25, 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 257 confirmed cases, 3 probable cases, 213 recovered cases, 28 pending cases, 1,082 negative cases, 3 hospitalizations, and 9 deaths of COVID-19.

Although the daily number of new confirmed cases in Mercer County has declined, there has been a significant increase in cases across portions of the United States and Ohio. The MCHD urges all citizens not to let your guard down. MCHD recommends that all Mercer County residents take precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19. People can protect themselves by washing their hands often, using hand sanitizer, covering their mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, staying home when sick, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. It is equally important to avoid close contact with others, stay at least six feet away from others, and wear face coverings.

As of June 22, 2020, the daily situation update includes probable cases of COVID-19. Probable cases have been reported at the state level for a few weeks, and they are beginning to show up locally now that COVID-19 antibody testing is available in the area. A person is considered to have a probable case of COVID-19 if the person had signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and was a close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19. A person is also considered to have a probable case of COVID-19 if the person had a blood antibody test indicating a COVID-19 infection and had the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.