CELINA – As of December 3 1 , 2020, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 3, 369 confirmed cases, 5 93 probable cases, 3,094 recovered cases, 32 pending cases, 1 0 hospitalizations, 65 deaths, and 18 probable deaths of COVID – 19. There have been 1 2 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID – 19. Currently, there are 190 active cases of COVID – 19 in Mercer County.

In Mercer County –

  • 62nd resident to die from COVID – 19 was a 90 – year – old female from Coldwater
  • 63rd resident to die from COVID – 19 was a 6 4 – year – old male from Maria Stein
  • 64th resident to die from COVID – 19 was an 86 – year – old male from Celina
  • 65th resident to die from COVID – 19 was an 88 – year – old male from Celina .

The MCHD began distributing the first round of COVID – 19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 30th . Due to the limited supply of vaccine, the first phase (Phase 1A) of administration is focus ed on critical groups who are at a n especially high risk of exposure or severe illness. The vaccine is not available to the general public at this time . The MCHD is actively vaccinating those in Phase 1A this week and next .

Last week, Governor DeWine announced Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccine distribution plan. This phase includes those 65 years old and older, those living with severe congenital, developmental, or early – onset medical disorders, and adults working in schools. This includes teachers, bus drivers, custodians, and other adults who work in the school buildings. The second phase of vaccinations is anticipated to start around mid – January.

The MCHD continues to work through plans and will update the public as more information becomes available. At this time, we ask that you do not call the MCHD to request the COVID – 19 vaccination unless you qualify for Phase 1A and have not been contacted yet.

As we head into the New Year holiday weekend, it’s important to make responsible choices about holiday gatherings. If you chose to gather, we urge you to keep your gatherings as small as possible.

The COVID – 19 dashboard is no longer being updated . The MCHD is working on a plan to continue to share information that had previously been shared on the dashboard at www.mchdohio.org .

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 holiday weekend . The office will be closed Friday, January 1 st , and will reopen on Monday, January 4th.