CELINA – As of January 12, 2022, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 6,560 confirmed cases, 1,495 probable cases, 6,058 recovered cases, 11 known hospitalizations, 114 COVID-19 deaths, and 22 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 78 cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 154 reinfection cases of COVID-19. Today, there are 317 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

There have been 174 confirmed and 57 probable cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated Mercer County residents. Of those individuals, 28 were hospitalized and have since recovered. Six 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 990 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 32.31%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

Several area hospitals continue to experience staffing shortages and capacity limitations due to the surge in COVID-19 and influenza cases. Additionally, these hospitals are unable to transfer patients needing specialized care due to larger hospitals being at capacity or on diversion.

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, MCHD urges community members to maintain good hygiene practices, stay home when sick, wear a mask in public, and avoid crowded indoor places to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses. Individuals who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 or influenza are strongly encouraged to consider getting vaccinated. MCHD continues to offer appointments for COVID-19 and flu vaccines. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Additional vaccine information can be found at https://mchdohio.org/.

In response to the updated quarantine and isolation guidelines released last week, MCHD wants to remind community members to please be patient while waiting to be contacted for an interview. MCHD and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) staff are working diligently to get to all positive cases as quickly as possible. In addition, please do not ignore calls from a 216 area code if you are awaiting guidance for your positive result.

Multiple providers continue to provide COVID-19 vaccines in Mercer County. The table below provides the vaccine type and contact information to schedule appointments. Please note, the amount and type of vaccine offered by each provider may vary depending on supply and demand.

ProviderVaccine TypeHow to schedule an appointment
CVSPfizer419-586-1340 or www.cvs.com 
Kaup PharmacyJohnson & Johnson419-375-2323, Option 3
Mercer County Health DistrictPfizer & Moderna419-586-3251, Option 2
Mercer Health HospitalModerna419-678-5395 or Mercer Health MyChart
WalmartPfizer & Moderna419-586-6177

There are several options in the area to meet COVID-19 testing needs. The MCHD does not offer COVID-19 testing. Individuals in need of a COVID-19 test should contact one of the following locations:

  • Mercer Health – Located at 115 Summit St., Celina, OH 45822. This testing site offers PCR testing. Test results are typically available within 24 hours. Appointments are required for this testing location. Individuals should contact their primary care provider to obtain an order for a COVID-19 test at this location. If an individual does not have a primary care provider, they should call (419) 678-5395 for further direction.
  • Walk-In Urgent Care – Located at 1321 Bellefontaine St. #100, Wapakoneta, OH 45895. This testing site offers rapid testing. Test results typically result within 15 minutes to an hour. A doctor’s order is not required for this testing location. To make an appointment, please call (567) 356-4054.
  • CVS Pharmacy – Located at 1101 Bellefontaine St., Wapakoneta, OH 45895. This testing site offers PCR testing. Test results typically are typically available within 24 to 48 hours. A doctor’s order is not required for this testing location. To make an appointment, visit http://www.cvs.com or call (419) 738-8926 for more information.
  • Mercer County District Library locations: Celina, Marion, Mendon, and St. Henry. At-home, rapid test kits are available through the Mercer County District Library. These test kits are free of charge and are available by curbside pickup only. For the most up-to-date availability, please call (419) 586-4442, Option 0. The recording will be updated dependent on supply. Please note, the Fort Recovery and Coldwater Public Libraries are not part of the Mercer County District Library system and do not distribute test kits.
  • Most local pharmacies and Walmart have at-home test kits for purchase. Please note, availability of at-home test kits may fluctuate based on demand.
MonthNumber of Confirmed Cases
March – December 20203,384 cases
January 2021388 cases
February 2021120 cases
March 202152 cases
April 2021113 cases
May 202164 cases
June 202114 cases
July 202134 cases
August 2021246 cases
September 2021473 cases
October 2021347 cases
November 2021455 cases
December 2021531 cases
January 2022 – current339 cases