CELINA- According to the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) the transmission rate of COVID-19 in Mercer County continues to be high. A high transmission rate is defined as 100 or more new cases per 100,000 people in a 7-day period or a test positivity rate of 10% or higher. Mercer County has seen 245 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 14.3%.  This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

While the COVID-19 transmission rate is at substantial or high levels, people are encouraged to wear a mask when in indoor public locations to protect themselves and others. Masks are most important when around people with weakened immune systems or increased risk of severe disease, and when distance cannot be maintained between people. While N95 masks offer protection to the wearer, surgical and cloth masks are most effective in controlling the release of droplets from those who may carry the virus by stopping the droplets before they separate into smaller particles capable of traveling through the air.

The MCHD urges Mercer County residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our county. Maintaining good hygiene practices, staying home when sick, and avoiding crowded indoor places can all help reduce the spread of the virus.

The MCHD offers the COVID-19 vaccine every Friday at the MCHD office. Please call 419-586-3251 extension 1462 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

As of September 8, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 4,496 confirmed cases, 860 probable cases, 4,222 recovered cases, 6 hospitalizations, 89 COVID-19 deaths, and 19 probable deaths of COVID-19. In addition, there have been 48 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Today, there are 131 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.  All of the currently hospitalized individuals are unvaccinated.

There have been 25 confirmed and 11 probable cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated individuals. Of those individuals, four were hospitalized and have since recovered. One has passed away.

MonthNumber of Confirmed Cases
March (First case on 3/24)5 cases
April19 cases
May190 cases
June56 cases
July239 cases
August295 cases
September 284 cases
October545 cases
November1,116 cases
December635 cases 
January 2021388 cases
February 2021120 cases
March 202152 cases
April 2021113 cases
May 202164 cases
June 202114 cases
July 202134 cases
August246 cases
September – current81 cases