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.
|Month||Number of Confirmed Cases|
|March (First case on 3/24)||5 cases|
|January 2021||388 cases|
|February 2021||120 cases|
|March 2021||52 cases|
|April 2021||113 cases|
|May 2021||64 cases|
|June 2021||14 cases|
|July 2021||34 cases|
|September – current||81 cases|