(4-15-21) As of today, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports Mercer County has seen 102 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. Mercer County now qualifies as a high incidence county.
As a reminder, the incidence rate is updated twice a week and is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it is looking at the number of new cases over the past two weeks. This gives a better idea of the direction things are trending than we would get if we just looked at the incidence rate over the entire pandemic, as it is reported in the CDC county-level data. Also, the fact that the incidence rate is reported in new cases per 100,000 population allows us to make valid comparisons between rates of occurrence of new cases in different jurisdictions. For example, Franklin County may have a much higher case count than Mercer, but Franklin county also has a much larger population. By comparing rates per 100,000 we can tell which county actually has a higher rate of occurrence of new cases. This is more meaningful than looking at raw numbers of new cases or active cases.
Mercer County is seeing an increase in confirmed cases, especially among the 20-40 age range. We are heading in the wrong direction and all Mercer County residents must make an increased effort to protect themselves and their loved ones by taking the precautions that have been recommended since the start of the pandemic. MCHD encourages everyone to get vaccinated, wear a mask, practice good handwashing, and social distancing. Those are our best tools to help us end the pandemic.
Multiple providers are now offering vaccine in our local area. For a list of options, visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/. Anyone still interested in getting the vaccine through MCHD can call 419-586-3251 extension 1462 to be put on a waiting list for a future vaccination opportunity. The MCHD has routinely been receiving the Moderna vaccine.
As of April 15, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 3,985 confirmed cases, 742 probable cases, 3,828 recovered cases, 1 hospitalization, 84 COVID-19 deaths, and 19 probable deaths of COVID-19. There have been 36 confirmed cases that have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Currently, there are 38 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.
|Month||Number of Confirmed Cases|
|March (First case on 3/24)||5 cases|
|January 2021||386 cases|
|February 2021||120 cases|
|March 2021||52 Cases|
|April – present||46 Cases|