CELINA – As of January 19, 2022, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 6,844 confirmed cases, 1,561 probable cases, 6,384 recovered cases, 16 known hospitalizations, 115 COVID-19 deaths, and 22 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 79 cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 175 reinfection cases of COVID-19. Today, there are 274 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

There have been 186 confirmed and 59 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 1,651 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 44.35%. 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 sometimes 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, consider wearing a mask in indoor public places, 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/.

Due to the increase in positive COVID-19 test results statewide, the Ohio Disease Reporting System recently experienced technical issues creating a backlog of positive COVID-19 test results. As this issue continues to get resolved, please understand that some positive cases may not be reached by the end of their isolation timeline. MCHD kindly asks 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.

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 2021532 cases
January 2022 – current622 cases

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