COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Mercer Health is no longer offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Vaccinations are available locally at the Mercer County Health District. Call the Health District at 419-586-3251 (select option 2) for more information and to schedule. Local pharmacies may also have vaccinations available.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported–ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Note: This list does not include all possible symptoms. 

COVID-19 Testing

All non-emergent COVID-19 testing is to be done at Mercer Health’s COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Center (115 Summit St., Celina). Provider orders and appointments are required.

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.

Getting the Right Care

As always, the Emergency Department provides emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If COVID-19 or any respiratory illness symptoms require emergent attention (for example you have trouble breathing), you should seek emergency care. However, if you are not experiencing an emergency, please avoid the ER.

At this time, due to increased volumes and increased COVID prevalence, the Emergency Department at Mercer Health:

  • May have increased wait times
  • Is restricting visitors to one per patient
  • Should only be used in emergency situations 

If you have an established Primary Care Provider or family doctor, that is the best place to start with non-emergent situations, questions about symptoms, vaccination or treatment options. Virtual Care is available at most offices.

Doctors' Urgent Care is convenient and best for non-emergent situations, for patients without a primary care provider or patients that do not want to wait to get an appoint ment with their primary care provider. Doctors' Urgent Care is available from 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 1:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on weekends/holidays by walk in or scheduled appointment via MyChart or by calling 419-586-1611. Please note that patients who previously reserved a spot may be seen prior to those who walk in. 

Virtual Quick Care is available M-F, 7 a.m—5 p.m. by calling 567-890-MHMD (6463). It does not require patient to have a Mercer Health provider and is convenient and best for patients with minor injuries and illnesses.

Outpatient Treatment, which can minimize COVID symptoms and effects, is available to qualifying COVID positive patients at Mercer Health’s Outpatient Center. Talk to your primary care provider to see if this option is right for you.

COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 is available through the Mercer Health Outpatient Center for patients based on their risk for complications/hospitalization from COVID. In order to receive antibody treatment, patients must be within the first seven days of symptoms and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Age 65+
  • BMI of 25+
  • Diabetes 
  • Immunosuppressive disease or medication (i.e. cancer treatment, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
  • Pregnant
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic lung disease (i.e. asthma, COPD)
  • Kidney disease

Referral is required for antibody treatment. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, discuss your eligibility for antibody treatment with your primary care provider as soon as possible in order to start treatment before the 7 day window closes. If you do not have a primary care provider, call 419-586-1655

Quarantine Information

For the most up to date quarantine and isolotion guidelines, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Ohio Department of Health.

Visitor Guidelines and Restrictions

To ensure the health and safety of our patients, their families and our staff, Mercer Health continues to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) status within the community. The following guidelines are in palce for visitation at Mercer Health.

General Guidelines for All Visitors

  • Visitors are expected to self-assess for any symptoms/exposure prior to entering any Mercer Health location.
  • Visitors are not permitted to enter the facility if any of the following statements are true:
    • They have had symptoms of shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, fever, chills, loss of sense of smell/taste, headache, vomiting, muscle aches or diarrhea in the past 48 hours.
    • They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 5 days.
    • They have had exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 5 days.
  • Masking and social distancing will continue and will remain unchanged until the CDC’s healthcare guidance changes.

Visitors at Mercer County Community Hospital

  • Normal visitation hours (7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily in most areas of the hospital) have been reinstated. 
  • COVID positive inpatients can have up to 2 visitors throughout their stay, as long as the visitors screen appropriately and visitors wear required PPE (including N95, gown).
  • Visitation for Emergency Room patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 remains restricted.
  • Waiting rooms are open for use. Masking, social distancing and adherence to COVID capacity requirements remain in effect.
  • The Cedar Table and The Gift Shop is open to the community.
  • The meeting rooms are vailable for public use. Masking, social distancing and adherence to COVID capacity requirements remain in effect.

Appointments at Mercer Health Medical Group

Mercer Health Medical Group is now offering both in-person and virtual care. Contact your Mercer Health Medical Group provider's office to schedule an appointment.

We encourage you not to avoid appointments or testing that could cause deterioration of your condition, including patients with COPD, CHF, diabetes, cellulitis or other cardiac conditions. If you have been asked to quarantine, please contact your primary care provider to help make that determination.

Antibody Testing

  • Costs: The test costs $65 and payment is due at the time of service
  • Results:
    • 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

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