CELINA – As of November 24, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 5,605 confirmed cases, 1,194 probable cases, 5,269 recovered cases, 15 known hospitalizations, 100 COVID-19 deaths, and 21 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 68 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 70 reinfections of COVID-19 out of the cumulative total of confirmed cases. Today, there are 174 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

There have been 106 confirmed and 30 probable cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated Mercer County residents. Of those individuals, 14 were hospitalized and have since recovered. Three fully vaccinated residents are currently hospitalized. 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 391 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 19.83%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago. For those who received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot is recommended for those who are 18 and older and were vaccinated at least 2 months ago.

The MCHD continues to offer the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for first, second, third, and booster doses by appointment at the health department. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment.