(8-28-20) Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will be issuing an order that requires all K-12 schools to establish a mechanism for parents and guardians to report confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their children.

The order will also direct all K-12 schools to report confirmed cases to their local health department, which will then report new cases and cumulative case data for students and teachers to the Ohio Department of Health.

The MCHD has been and will continue to consult with local schools to help ensure that classroom instruction, school activities, and athletic events are conducted in the safest way possible.  When a student or staff member becomes ill with COVID-19, MCHD will partner with the school staff to help control the spread of the virus within the school.

Lt. Governor Husted announced yesterday that the current sports order has been modified to clarify that participants shall not compete in more than one contest or game in any calendar day, as compared to the 24-hour period outlined in the original order. The goal of this adjustment in language is to assist organizers and teams when scheduling games or contests. You can find all public health orders here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/Public-Health-Orders/.

As of August 28, 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 783 confirmed cases, 34 probable cases, 687 recovered cases, 63 pending cases, 2,794 negative cases, 9 hospitalizations, 15 deaths, and 1 probable death of COVID-19. Currently, there are 79 active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

Monthly COVID-19 Stats:

MonthNumber of Confirmed Cases
March (First case on 3/24)5 cases
April19 cases
May190 cases
June56 cases
July239 cases
August – present274 cases

The Mercer County COVID-19 dashboard can be found at https://arcg.is/1mTqa5. Please note the dashboard will not be updated until 9/2/2020. If you have questions about COVID-19, contact the Mercer County Health District 419-586-3251.

The Auglaize County Health Department (ACHD) continues to see a rise in new cases of COVID-19 in Auglaize County.

COVID-19 is community spread and affecting ALL areas of the county. ACHD pleads to the citizens of Auglaize County to take the precautions to protect themselves and those around them from the spread of COVID-19. We need cooperation from the public to slow the spread of the virus in our community.

Total Cases 437 Confirmed 392 Probable 45 Total Hospitalized 39 Females 264 Males 173 Total Deaths 8 Avg. Age 49 Total Recovered* 302 Current Cases 127. Two cases from yesterday have been transferred to different counties due to new information of where they live; an 83 year old male and a 28 year old female).

13 new cases have been added:

425th case is a 55 year old male

426th case is a 84 year old female

427th case is a 70 year old female

428th case is 90 year old male

429th case is a 60 year old female being treated at a local hospital

430th case is a 67 year old male being treated at a local hospital

431st case is a 48 year old female

432nd case is 33 year old female

433rd case is a probable 24 year old male

434th case is a 52 year old female

435th case is a 64 year old male

436th case is a 68 year old female

437th case is a 58 year old male.

Unless noted all other cases are self isolating at home.