CELINA – As of October 13, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 5,057 confirmed cases, 1,002 probable cases, 4,763 recovered cases, 11 known hospitalizations, 95 COVID-19 deaths, and 21 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 56 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Today, there are 147 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. Out of the cumulative total of confirmed cases, there has been a total of 52 reinfections of COVID-19.
There have been 58 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 MCHD has seen a recent increase in hospitalizations among Mercer County residents. The age range of those currently hospitalized is 17 to 63 years. Additionally, four of those currently hospitalized are on a ventilator.
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 335 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 20.31%. 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 may register online by visiting our website, www.mchdohio.org, and clicking the registration link on the home page. Online registration will remain open until 12:00 AM on Thursday, October 14th. Individuals will need to bring their COVID-19 vaccination card and insurance cards with them to their appointment.
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.
Based on recommendations by the CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same time. If influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are being coadministered, injection sites should be separated by at least one inch or more. The MCHD drive-thru Pfizer Booster clinic and the drive-thru flu vaccine clinic will not offer coadministration of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. Any individual that wishes to receive both of these vaccines at the same time can call the MCHD office to make an appointment.
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||170 cases|