CELINA – As of October 6, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 4,950 confirmed cases, 977 probable cases, 4,638 recovered cases, seven known hospitalizations, 93 COVID-19 deaths, and 21 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 55 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Today, there are 165 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. Out of the cumulative total of confirmed cases, there has been a total of 51 reinfections of COVID-19.
There have been 51 confirmed and 15 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 400 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 21.35%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
The MCHD will be holding a drive-thru Pfizer COVID-19 Booster clinic at the Mercer County Fairgrounds on Friday, October 15th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Appointments for this drive-thru clinic will be required. Eligible individuals will need to bring their COVID-19 vaccination card and insurance cards with them to their appointment.
Eligible individuals may register online via Eventbrite beginning Friday, October 8th at 8:00 AM. The link for registration will be released as soon as it is available. For those individuals who do not wish to register online, a call center will be open Tuesday, October 12th and Wednesday, October 13th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please note, the MCHD will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, October 11th.
The criteria for Pfizer COVID-19 booster eligible individuals is as follows:
- 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.
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 will be holding a separate drive-thru flu vaccine clinic on Tuesday, October 19th from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. All contracted private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare can be billed. Please bring all insurance cards. For clients not wishing insurance to be billed, a pay at the time of service discount will be offered: $70 for High Dose, $70 Flublok, $32 for Standard quadrivalent. Cash or check will be accepted. Clients 6 months and older that meet the criteria for federal funded vaccine will only be charged the $15 administration fee. These clients will not be denied vaccine because of inability to pay. The Influenza Screening form is available on our website at www.mchdohio.org or at the MCHD office.
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 2021||472 cases|
|October 2021 – current||63 cases|