CELINA- Today, Mercer County was downgraded to a level 2 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System issued by the Ohio Department of Health. Mercer County is no longer experiencing very high exposure and spread. 

MCHD Administrator Jason Menchhofer said –

“Mercer County has been listed at Level Three in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System since early August.  We are pleased to see that the efforts of Mercer County residents have helped to limit the activity of the virus in our county.  Continued caution will help to minimize the impact of the virus and protect our most vulnerable individuals until they can be vaccinated.”

Despite the good news Governor DeWine has a ‘tight grip’ on keeping Buckeyes in line with his executive orders.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that it is still important to follow the recommendations of wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds, and washing hands often even after receiving both doses of the vaccine. The CDC states –

“We also don’t know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COIVD-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.”

Wednesday, March 3, MCHD COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

  • Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Mercer County Fairgrounds
  • Registration:
    • Individuals who are 65 years of age and older and individuals with severe, congenital, developmental, or early-onset disorders are eligible to register for an appointment beginning at noon on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  As we continue to prioritize the most vulnerable members of our community, a special registration hour will be offered from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Tuesday, March 2 for people who are 70 years of age and older to register by phone at 567-890-2619.
    • Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mchd-covid-19-drive-thru-clinic-march-3-2021-tickets-143171340333
    • Anyone unable to register online can make an appointment by calling 567-890-2619. Phone registration will be available beginning at noon on Tuesday.

Anyone born with or who has a specific early childhood condition that is carried into adulthood that puts them at a higher risk is eligible to receive the vaccine in this phase.  The following are the qualifying medical conditions: cerebral palsy; spina bifida; severe congenital heart disease requiring hospitalization within the past year; 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; and alpha and beta- thalassemia; and solid organ transplants.  Note: vaccine recipients must be 16 years old or older to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and 18 years old or older to receive the Moderna vaccine.

If you are an individual who meets the criteria for the severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset disorders, you must provide documentation from your doctor. The documentation will be verified at check-in at the drive-thru clinic. If you do not have documentation and are not 65 years of age and older, you will be turned away.

Each person who schedules an appointment is also encouraged to complete the vaccine registration form before visiting the clinic. It can be found here: https://mchdohio.org/CovidForm.  Paper forms can also be picked up any time in the hallway outside the entrance of the MCHD office in the Mercer County Central Services Building. Please note that the registration form is required for both first and second doses.

All contracted private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare will be billed for the administration fee.  If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, please bring your Red, White and Blue Medicare card. No out-of-pocket payment will be collected. There will be a 15-minute waiting period after the vaccine is given.

The MCHD reminds the community that weekly vaccination clinics may be canceled due to inclement weather or an insufficient supply of the vaccine. If this happens, announcements will be made through our social media, press releases, radio and television stations, and Nixle.

As of February 25, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 3,879 confirmed cases, 723 probable cases, 3,733 recovered cases, 6 pending cases, 2 hospitalizations, 81 COVID-19 deaths, and 19 probable deaths of COVID-19. There have been 27 confirmed cases that have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Currently, there are 35 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 2021386 cases           
February 2021 – present113 cases