CELINA – As of November 3, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 5,264 confirmed cases, 1,078 probable cases, 5,009 recovered cases, 5 known hospitalizations, 98 COVID-19 deaths, and 21 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 62 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Today, there are 100 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. Out of the cumulative total of confirmed cases, there has been a total of 59 reinfections of COVID-19.
There have been 80 confirmed and 26 probable cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated Mercer County residents. Of those individuals, 14 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 206 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 13.45%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for vaccination against COVID-19 for children ages 5 to 11 years. The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a two-dose primary series, three weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms).
The MCHD has ordered the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine and anticipates receiving it soon. For more information regarding the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine or to inquire about scheduling an appointment, please call 419-586-3251, Option 2.
COVID-19 booster doses are now available for eligible individuals. A booster shot is recommended for those who are 18 and older and were vaccinated at least 2 months ago with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals who received Pfizer or Moderna as their primary COVID-19 vaccine series, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at least 6 months after completion of their primary COVID-19 vaccine series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
Additionally, the CDC’s recommendations now allow for ‘mix and match’ dosing for booster shots. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.
At this time, the MCHD is not offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The MCHD is referring all individuals who are interested in receiving a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Mercer County to call Kaup Pharmacy at 419-375-2323, Option 3.
The MCHD is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by appointment on Tuesdays at the MCHD Office. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be offered on Fridays at the MCHD office. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment.
Number of Confirmed Cases
March (First case on 3/24)
November 2021 – current