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.

 

Month

Number of Confirmed Cases

March (First case on 3/24)

5 cases 

April 

19 cases 

May

190 cases 

June

56 cases 

July

239 cases 

August 

295 cases 

September  

284 cases 

October

545 cases

November 

1,116 cases

December 

635 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

347 cases

November 2021 – current

30 cases