CELINA- As of August 6, 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 572 confirmed cases (an increase of 17 confirmed cases since yesterday), 14 probable cases, 422 recovered cases, 132 pending cases, 2,241 negative cases, 4 hospitalizations, 12 deaths, and 1 probable death of COVID-19. Currently, there are 137 active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

level 3

Today, Mercer County was elevated to a level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System issued by the Ohio Department of Health. Mercer County is experiencing very high exposure and spread of COIVD-19. People should limit activities as much as possible and follow all current health orders.

As of today, Mercer County has met the following indicators on the Ohio Public Health Advisory system:

  • 50 cases/100,000 in the most recent 2 weeks
  • New cases trajectory over a five day period.
  • Proportion in non-congregate settings (LTC)
  • Sustained increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions

Since Tuesday, July 28, there has been a total of 119 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. From July 25 through August 1, there has been a total of 9 mercer county residents hospitalized. It’s important to know that hospitalized residents can be hospitalized at hospitals outside of Mercer County.

Governor Mike DeWine, who tested positive today for COVID 19, despite not being in Mercer County –

“Mercer County is our most concerning county in the state right now. The daily case rates in Mercer County have increased more than 200% in recent weeks, and they have had significant community spread. Citizens, businesses, and local officials in Mercer County need to do everything they can to undertake the mitigation efforts we know slows spread of the virus–social distancing, wearing masks, good hand washing hygiene, and reducing interactions with anyone outside your household.”

The MCHD will no longer be providing detailed information on each confirmed case in our daily press releases. However, this data can still be located on our Mercer County COVID-19 dashboard (https://arcg.is/1mTqa5).  As the MCHD staff continues to handle a large volume of work, we are looking to work more efficiently by eliminating duplication of effort when possible.

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