CELINA- (12-28-20) Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not available to the general public at this time, MCHD will begin Phase 1A of the vaccination process this week. This phase focuses on those who are at the highest risk of exposure, including emergency medical services personnel, front line health care workers, residents and staff of group homes for those with developmental disabilities or mental illness, dental providers, and others. MCHD continues to reach out to organizations and individuals in this category to ensure that everyone who wants the vaccine can get it as soon as possible. At this time, Mercer County residents should only contact MCHD to request the COVID-19 vaccination if they qualify for Phase 1A vaccination and have not been contacted yet.

As of December 28, 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 3,297 confirmed cases, 582 probable cases, 3,063 recovered cases, 22 pending cases, 15 hospitalizations, 61 deaths, and 18 probable deaths of COVID-19. There have been 11 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Currently, there are 162 active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

MCHD continues to urge caution when planning holiday parties. If you choose to host a party, it is recommended that the number of participants be limited to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The virus can spread easily during shared meals and multi-generational gatherings.

So that staff can relax and enjoy the holiday weekend with their families, MCHD will not be managing COVID-19 cases over the New Year’s holiday weekend. The office will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. MCHD does not anticipate issuing press releases or daily social media updates during this time.