CELINA- The Mercer County Health District (MCHD)  reports14 new confirmed COVID 19 cases.

  • 365th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 30-40 years.
  • 366th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 50-60 years.
  • 367th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 20-30 years.
  • 368th confirmed case is a male in the age range of 20-30 years.
  • 369th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 20-30 years.
  • 370th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 10-20 years.
  • 371st confirmed case is a female in the age range of 40-50 years.
  • 372nd confirmed case is a female in the age range of 20-30 years.
  • 373rd confirmed case is a male in the age range of 30-40 years.
  • 374th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 10-20 years.
  • 375th confirmed case is a male in the age range of 50-60 years.
  • 376th confirmed case is a male in the age range of 20-30 years.
  • 377th confirmed is a female in the age range of 20-30 years.
  • 378th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 30-40 years.

All of these individuals are self-isolating at home.

As of July 22, 2020, the  MCHD reports 378 confirmed cases, 8 probable cases, 267 recovered cases, 179 pending cases, 1,634 negative cases, 4 hospitalizations, 10 deaths, and 1 probable death of COVID-19. Currently, there are 100 active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

As the MCHD continues to conduct contact tracing investigations, two more outbreaks have been identified. On July 16, 2020, the MCHD officially began monitoring an outbreak tied to Basic Grain Products in Coldwater. At this time, there are six confirmed cases at the plant. On July 20, 2020, the MCHD officially began monitoring an outbreak at the Briarwood Village Facility in Coldwater. At this time, there are three staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. No residents have tested positive. The MCHD will continue to monitor the outbreaks across the county and will provide updates as needed.

Today, Governor DeWine announced a mandatory mask order for all counties in Ohio, beginning on Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 PM. The following applies to the mandate:

  • Masks must be worn at all times when at an indoor location that’s not a residence
  • Outdoors – when unable to keep 6’ social distance from those not in your household
  • When waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, car service, or private rideshares
  • The following groups are not required to wear a mask: individuals under the age of 10, individuals who have a medical condition or disability, officiants at religious services, individuals actively exercising or playing sports, individuals involved in public safety, and individuals actively eating or drinking.

Governor DeWine also announced a travel advisory for those who are traveling to-and-from the following states:

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, and Idaho.

It is recommended that Ohioans who travel to those states self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Ohio.