- Drive-Thru Testing Site Location and Hours
- COVID-19 Symptoms
- COVID-19 Exposure Definition
- COVID-19 Testing
- When to Seek Urgent or Emergency Care
- Quarantine Information
- Visitor Guidelines and Restrictions
- Appointments at Mercer Health Medical Group Offices
- Antibody Testing
- Additional Resources and Information
The Drive Thru Swab Station is located at 115 West Summit Street at the corner of State Route 127 and Summit Street. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Effective Tuesday, September 8, appointments will be required to be tested at Mercer Health’s COVID-19 Drive Thru Swab Station. Appointments will decrease wait times in addition to expediting the administrative process at the testing site. To make an appointment, please follow the options outlined below.
If you have a primary care provider:
- Call your primary care provider (doctor’s office) for care and/or testing instructions.
- If your primary care provider determines testing is needed, an order will be sent.
- After the order is received, a member of the Mercer Health registration staff will call to register the patient and make an appointment for the testing.
If you do not have a primary care provider:
- Call Mercer Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 419-678-5395 for further direction.
In addition to an order from your provider, you must have two or more of the following symptoms to be tested for COVID-19:
- Recent Loss of Sense of Smell and/or Taste (Significant evidence indicates this symptom is significantly more likely due to COVID-19 than other causes of infection.)
- Shortness of Breath
- Muscle Aches
- Sore Throat
- Fever over 100.4
Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of a person who is positive for COVID-19 or suspected to have COVID-19.
When Testing is Necessary? How long to wait after an exposure?
- If you are experiencing COVID/Respiratory symptoms,
- Patients that are able to self-isolate until symptoms have improved, may do so without being tested. The CDC recommends self-isolation for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
- Patients that feel they need medical attention, should seek care with their provider to discuss testing.
- Patients should not be tested right away after an exposure. This could lead to a false negative and give the patients the perception that they are virus free.
What Testing is Used at Mercer Health?
There are a variety of different tests available for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. All of the testing to date performed through Mercer Health has been a type of methodology called nucleic acid amplification, which includes PCR. PCR testing is a highly sensitive method and considered the current gold standard for COVID -19 testing. False positives are exceedingly rare and we are not aware of any false positives locally. False negatives can occur depending on where the patient is in the disease course and exactly which nucleic acid amplification test is used. Antigen tests have not been used at Mercer Health for diagnosing COVID-19. Mercer Health continues to offers reliable testing and advocate for increased supplies locally to provide timely results.
When to Seek Urgent/Emergent Care?
Doctor's Urgent Care at Mercer Health's Community Medical Center will reopen beginning Monday, June 1, by appointment only. Appointments are available from 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. on Monday - Friday and 1:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Patients will be prescreened when scheduling and may be redirected based upon care needed. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 419-586-1611.
Where do I go if I have an emergency?
- Emergency patients should continue to report to the Emergency Department at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital. As always, the emergency department provides emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- For suspected COVID-19 cases ONLY, please call 419-678-5101 prior to arriving at the Emergency Department to ensure the best care for your situation and the proper safety protocols are in place for other patients, visitors and healthcare employees.
According to the CDC, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months—need to quarantine for 14 days after the last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Please refer to the CDC for more information and specific examples.
The difference between quarantine and isolate can be found here.
Effective November 30, 2020, the following guidelines are in place for visitation at Mercer Health:
General Guidelines for all Visitors
- Visitors are encouraged to stay in the room with the patient when possible.
- No visitors under age 18.
- Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times. There are no exceptions for visitors and support persons.
- No visitors are allowed in the hospital from 6 p.m. – 7 a.m., unless accompanying a maternity patient.
Visitors at Mercer Health
- Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19: No visitors allowed at this time.
- ICU & Acute Care Units: (1) adult visitor per day.
- Pediatrics: (2) adult visitors allowed for the duration of stay.
- Surgery: (1) adult support person allowed.
- Childbirth Center: (1) support person allowed for the duration of stay.
- Emergency Department: (1) support person allowed for the duration of stay. *Due to significant, increased activity in the Emergency Department, support persons will be limited. No support persons will be allowed to leave a patient room. In some circumstances, support persons may not be permitted at all.
- Outpatient Services: (1) support person allowed in departments with the ability to room immediately. Examples include: OPC, OB Ultrasound, Urgent Care, DMC, The Center for Healthy Weight & Wellness, etc.
- Lab/Radiology/Therapy: (1) support person allowed for patients that are pediatric, have significant disability, or are confused only.
- Patient Facing End-of-Life: (1) visitor allowed. Clergy is also permitted after proper screening.
Visitors at Mercer Health Medical Group (MHMG) Practices
- Remain restricted. Support person is allowed for OB ultrasounds, patients with significant disabilities/confused, and pediatrics.
Visitor Screening at Mercer Health
- All visitors to the hospital will be subject to screening upon entrance.
- Visitors will be asked to leave the facility if they have had symptoms of the seasonal flu or COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, cough, fever, chills, loss of sense of smell/taste, headache, vomiting, sore throat, muscle aches or diarrhea in the past 48 hours. They will be asked to leave if they have had any known exposure to COVID-19 or are currently under quarantine for testing positive for COVID-19 themselves.
- If the visitor is a driver for a patient receiving services in a department that is still restricted (Lab, Radiology, Therapy), and the patient is not pediatric, have a significant disability, or are confused, they will be asked to wait in their car until the patient’s appointment is completed.
- Visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings.
- Inpatient Visitors should enter:
- On the West side of the hospital by using Entrance #3: West Entrance or Entrance #2: South Entrance, and will be stopped near the West Registration for screening.
- Entrance #1: ED Entrance and will be stopped at registration for screening.
- These entrances at the hospital remain closed to the public:
- Entrance #4: The Cedar Table Entrance.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff, visitors and the community.
Appointments – Some patients may be asked to reschedule doctor or other medical appointments for their safety and to ensure ongoing and future healthcare needs can be met. Mercer Health Medical Group offices including primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN and others are also offering telehealth visits as appropriate. Phone and telehealth appointments will meet insurance requirements and will be billed normally. If you have an appointment that your provider feels can be done over the phone, via telehealth or should be rescheduled, your provider’s office will contact you. If you are unsure if you should still go to your appointment, contact your primary care provider to help make that determination. Other important reminders:
- Please do not avoid appointments or testing that could cause deterioration of your condition, including patients with COPD, CHF, diabetes, cellulitis and other cardiac conditions.
- If you have been asked to quarantine, please contact your primary care provider to help make that determination.
- For those patients that do have a face-to-face appointment, they will be asked to check-in and
Beginning Monday, June 8th, walk-in antibody testing for COVID-19 will be available at Mercer Health. The testing is part of Mercer Health’s direct access testing therefore no appointment is necessary and a physician's order is not required. The test is performed on a patient's blood specimen and can detect the IgG antibody to SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19). The direct access testing form is attached and can be downloaded here.
The following should be noted:
- Costs: The test costs $65 and payment is due at the time of service
- The test is not intended to determine whether a patient has a current infection, but rather for individuals who feel well and do not have symptoms, but suspect they may have recovered from COVID-19
- Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic test should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals. Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status. A negative result can indicate: An individual has not been exposed, An individual has been exposed, but has not yet formed antibodies – or – An individual is unable to form antibodies due to suppression of the immune system
- Positive results suggests exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) but does not necessarily indicate immunity. Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status. False positive results can occur due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. A positive result does not necessarily imply immunity from COVID-19 and individuals with antibodies may still be able to spread the disease therefor individuals must continue to follow all federal, state and local public health guidance, such as social distancing.
- Results are typically available within 24 hours via an external patient portal. Hard copies of the test results will be mailed to the patient’s home address within 7 – 10 days.
- Location and Times:
- Hospital Location:
- Mercer County Community Hospital, 800 W. Main St., Coldwater
- Times: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday
- Other Locations:
- Mercer Health Medical Group at Celina Pro, 801 Pro Dr., Celina, during office hours
- Mercer Health Medical Group at Ft. Recovery, 1830 Union City Rd., Ft. Recovery, during office hours
- Mercer Health Medical Group at St. Henry, 442 Stachler Rd., St. Henry, during office hours
- Mercer Health Medical Group at Southland, 3920 Southland Rd., New Bremen, during office hours
- Hospital Location:
- FAQs on Testing, Contact Tracing, Coronavirus Self-Checker, What to do if you are Sick, Travel Precautions, Etc. – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#Contact-Tracing
- Mercer Health News/Updates – https://mercer-health.com/news
- Statewide information for the State of Ohio – coronavirus.ohio.gov.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most timely and accurate information for the entire nation, including travel information, prevention and treatment tips, and other resources.