(11-5-20) The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports a COVID-19 incidence rate of 728 new cases per 100,000  residents over the past two weeks. Mercer County is seeing the largest surge in confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the  virus was first detected in the county more than seven months ago.

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
September283 cases
October539 cases
November – present193 cases

Because the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) staff is unable to keep up with  the large number of cases being reported each day, Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who have assisted  with contact tracing for several months are now being reassigned to handle positive case interviews. When these  interviews lead to the identification of people who may have been exposed, each of those people will be sent a  quarantine letter, but they may not be contacted directly by MCHD during their quarantine period.

MCHD asks that  anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 be sure to stay at home and isolate from others to avoid exposure.

Everyone  who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by MCHD, but this may take several days due to the abundance of  cases. 

The number of Mercer County residents who are hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased drastically. One of the goals  of community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 is to help prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed so that they have the capacity to treat people with other serious health problems. Although area hospitals are operating  closer to capacity than they normally do, the large hospitals are still able to accept transfers at this time. 

Yesterday the 30th death from COVID-19 in Mercer County was a 94 year-old male from Rockford.