CELINA – (1-26-22) According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), 15,305 Mercer County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, 7,509 Mercer County residents have received a booster dose. Of those residents who have been fully vaccinated, 35 were hospitalized with COVID-19 and have since recovered. Ten have passed away.

As of January 26, 2022, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 7,534 confirmed cases, 1,699 probable cases, 6,885 recovered cases, 18 known hospitalizations, 121 COVID-19 deaths, and 23 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 82 cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 296 reinfection cases of COVID-19. Today, there are 450 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

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 1,114 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 30.02%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases statewide, the Ohio Disease Reporting System recently experienced technical issues creating a backlog of positive COVID-19 test results. This issue has since been resolved. However, due to this backlog, case counts have drastically increased in the past week.

The MCHD continues to urge 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/.

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 – current1,312 cases