CELINA- As of July 28, 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 452 confirmed cases, 11 probable cases, 322 recovered cases, 127 pending cases, 2,000 negative cases, 5 hospitalizations, 11 deaths, and 1 probable death of COVID-19. Currently, there are 118 active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

The MCHD reports no new confirmed cases today.

The MCHD continues to receive complaints from concerned citizens regarding some local restaurants & bars violating COIVD-19 health orders.

When a complaint is received, MCHD follows up by communicating with the business owner and providing education on the current requirements. If additional complaints are received on an establishment with a liquor license, the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) is contacted. Agents from the OIU will visit the establishment and may issue violations.  For businesses without a liquor license, MCHD may initiate enforcement action through the Celina City Law Director or the Mercer County Prosecutor.

According to the CDC, Mercer County now ranks 5th out of 88 Ohio Counties in cases of COVID-19 per capita. This is just another reminder to take the situation seriously.  County-level data can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/county-map.html.

The MCHD wants to remind the public about the Mercer Health COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing. The site is not a pop-up testing site.  Testing requirements must be met and an order from a physician/medical provider is required.  People who are eligible to be tested include:

  • Symptomatic healthcare workers
  • Any symptomatic resident of Mercer County
  • As resources allow- asymptomatic healthcare workers, non-Mercer County residents who are symptomatic and Mercer County residents who are receiving essential surgeries/procedures or other medically necessary procedures.

The MCHD wants to remind the public that if you are feeling ill, you need to stay home.  It is especially important to avoid contact with others if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are still within the isolation period, which lasts ten days after symptoms begin.

If you have questions about COVID-19, contact the Mercer County Health District 419-586-3251.