CELINA- The MCHD reports additional deaths caused by COVID 19.

In Mercer County:

  • 70th resident to die from COVID-19 was a 70-year-old male from Celina
  • 71st resident to die from COVID-19 was an 88-year-old female from Celina
  • 72nd resident to die from COVID-19 was a 92-year-old female from Coldwater

Yesterday, MCHD held our first COVID-19 drive-thru vaccine clinic for people 80 years of age and older. Approximately 525 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines were given. The final number of vaccines administered is not known yet as MCHD staff are still entering data from the clinic. The MCHD understands the frustrations of long wait periods and has already discussed changes for our future clinics. We will continue to learn and adapt our processes to better serve our community.  We appreciate the patience of those who participated in yesterday’s clinic. The MCHD would like to thank the many volunteers who continue to dedicate much time and effort in support of COVID-19 vaccination operations.

Earlier this week Governor DeWine announced further details for the vaccinations for those with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders. The vaccine will be available beginning the week of January 25 for these individuals.  Per the new guidance, individuals must have a developmental or intellectual disability and one of the following conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Severe congenital heart disease
  • Severe type 1 diabetes requiring hospitalization within the past year
  • Inherited metabolic disorders including phenylketonuria
  • Severe neurological disorders, including epilepsy, hydrocephaly and microcephaly
  • Severe genetic disorders including down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome, and muscular dystrophy
  • Severe lung disease, including asthma requiring hospitalization within the past year and cystic fibrosis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Alpha and beta thalassemia
  • Solid organ transplants

The Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities Board will be reaching out to those who qualify for this group and will work with the MCHD to get them scheduled.

During the week of February 15, individuals with any of these conditions who do not have a developmental or intellectual disability are expected to be eligible to receive the vaccine. Additional information on how these individuals can chose to receive their vaccine is forthcoming.

As a reminder, we are planning on holding weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the near future. Individuals will be required to register online through Eventbrite or by calling the MCHD office at 567-890-2619. The MCHD will publicly announce related information each Monday. Registration will open at noon on Tuesdays, and MCHD staff will be available to assist with registration over the phone until 3:00 PM. No appointments will be scheduled before noon on Tuesday. Weekly vaccination clinics may be canceled due to inclement weather or insufficient supply of vaccine. Please do not call the MCHD to register appointments ahead of time.

The MCHD learns new information from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on a regular basis regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Changing information often results in necessary adjustments to vaccination plans, and this sometimes occurs after those plans have been made public. While every effort is made to communicate important changes to the public, MCHD appreciates the understanding of those who may not always receive these communications.

As of January 21, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 3,684 confirmed cases, 679 probable cases, 3,442 recovered cases, 25 pending cases, 6 hospitalizations, 72 COVID-19 deaths, and 18 probable deaths of COVID-19. There have been 18 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Currently, there are 151 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

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
October544 cases
November1,115 cases
December634 cases
January 2021 – present304 cases