CELINA- As of September 29, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 4,836 confirmed cases, 947 probable cases, 4,527 recovered cases, eight known hospitalizations, 93 COVID-19 deaths, and 21 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 52 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Today, there are 162 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. Out of the cumulative total of confirmed cases, there has been a total of 48 reinfections of COVID-19.
There have been 47 confirmed and 13 probable cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated Mercer County residents. Of those individuals, 12 were hospitalized and have since recovered. Four have passed away.
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 323 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 14.67%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
On September 24, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization for specific populations to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot. The CDC recommends the Pfizer booster shot for the following individuals:
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine atleast 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Based on the CDC’s recommendation and the FDA’s authorization, the MCHD plans to hold a drive-thru Pfizer COVID-19 booster clinic. This information will be released to the public as soon as possible through a media release and social media updates.
Currently, there is no approved booster shot for individuals who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). The CDC expects to report data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) booster shots soon.
The MCHD is continuing to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine every Friday at the MCHD office. Please call 419-586-3251, extension 1462 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.
|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|
|August 2021||246 cases|
|September – current||421 cases|