(10-15-20) Four outbreak updates are listed today by the Mercer County Health District. Yesterday Ft. Recovery Schools joined St. Henry High School on that list. Two nursing homes are also listed, Celina Manor and Briarwood.

Active/New Mercer County Outbreak Updates:

  • Celina Manor (opened on September 6, 2020)
  • Briarwood (opened on July 7, 2020)
  • St. Henry High School (opened on September 30, 2020)
  • Fort Recovery School System (Opened on October 14, 2020)

Unfortunately, for the eleventh-consecutive week, Mercer County remains elevated at level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System issued by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The county remains at red because of the high incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases. Counties having more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents within the past two weeks qualify as high incidence counties. Mercer County has 313.13 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. Mercer County ranks fourth in the state for Ohio counties ranked by highest incidence.

As of October 15, 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 1,277 confirmed cases, 135 probable cases, 1,140 recovered cases, 75 pending cases, 3,941 negative cases, 5 hospitalizations, 25 deaths, and 2 probable deaths of COVID-19. There have been 3 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Currently, there are 107 active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

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

  • More than 50 new cases/100,000 population in the most recent two weeks.
  • More than 50% of new cases have been in non-congregate settings during at least one of the most recent three weeks.

The MCHD is reporting the first hospitalized case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in a Mercer County juvenile under the age of 18 years.  According to the CDC, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare but serious condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. The cause of MIS-C is unknown.  However, we do know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.

Contact your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic right away if your child is showing symptoms of MIS-C:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired

Be aware that not all children will have all the same symptoms.  The child in question was exposed to a family member with COVID-19 around Labor Day. He did have a fever and runny nose for about 24 hours around the same time and was presumed to be positive as well.  Approximately four weeks later, he developed a high fever which was difficult to control with over the counter medication. Over the next two days he began to develop eye redness; a blotchy red rash; redness, swelling and cracking of his lips; redness of the palms of his hands; excessive irritability, and refusal to eat/drink. The child had no known underlying medical conditions.  A CDC-led study conducted earlier this year found the median time from COVID-19 symptom onset to MIS-C symptom onset to be 25 days. 

Since May 2020, 1,027 cases of MIS-C have been reported in the United States, including fewer than twenty cases in Ohio.  CDC is still learning about MIS-C and how it affects children, so we don’t know why some children have gotten sick with MIS-C and others have not. We also do not know if children with certain health conditions are more likely to get MIS-C. These are among the many questions CDC is working to try to understand.  All CDC recommendations are based on the best data and science available at the time, will be updated as officials learn more. 

Monthly COVID-19 Stats:

MonthNumber of Confirmed Cases
March (First case on 3/24)5 cases
April19 cases
May190 cases
June56 cases
July239 cases
August295 cases
September 283 cases
October – present190 cases

MCHD has upcoming walk-in flu shot clinics:

  • Tuesday, October 20: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM: Walk-in at the MCHD.
  • Tuesday, November3: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM: Walk-in at the MCHD.
  • If unable to make a walk-in clinic, call to make an appointment, 419-586-3251

To make the process quicker and more convenient, a link to the necessary forms is found on the front page of our website at www.mchdohio.org. We ask that the forms are filled out prior to the clinic.