COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Now through December 28, 2021, walk-in vaccine clinics are available every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. and from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses of Moderna vaccine can be given. Appointments may also be made for these clinics.

Eligibility: Ohioans ages 12 and older are eligible for vaccination.  For more information, see the Ohio Department of Health's Vaccination Resources

Online Registration: Vaccine Registration can now be done via Mercer Health MyChart or by phone.

  • Select Appointments, then Schedule an appointment  and select the COVID Vaccination – Mercer Health option. 
    • Note: If you choose to schedule your appointment via MyChart, you only need to schedule your first dose. We will schedule your second dose for you.  

Phone Registration: is available each week day (Monday - Friday), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., by calling 419-678-5395.

Cancellations: require at least 24 hours notice. If you must cancel, call Mercer Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 419-678-5395 Monday - Friday between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for further direction. If you must cancel your appointment after hours, please call 419-678-2341. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot: a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity). Vaccine boosters are only available for people considered immunocompromised (as defined by the CDC) at this time. For more information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Know before you arrive for your COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Individuals must delay receiving the vaccine if they are currently ill, have a fever above 100 degrees, are currently in quarantine, have had a vaccine in the last 14 days, or have received an anti-viral infusion treatment for COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is located at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater. 
  • Please park in the West Parking Lot (Parking Lot #3) and enter the West Entrance (Entrance #3). 
  • Bring insurance card and ID. Also bring vaccination card if receiving 2nd or 3rd dose. 
  • Patients will register at West Registration and be directed towards the vaccination clinic space, which will be located directly down the hall and to the right. 
  • Allow 1 hour for your appointment. 
  • All individuals receiving the vaccine will sign a consent form. 
  • Fact sheets, frequently asked questions, information about Ohio’s distribution plan and more are available from the Ohio Department of Health.
  • Due to social distancing requirements and parking availability, please do not arrive any earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled time. In addition, you may be asked to wait in your car until your scheduled time.
  • Due to visitor restrictions, no guest/visitor can accompany individuals receiving the vaccine. Drivers and/or other guests/visitors must wait outside.
  • Vaccination is free however administration fees may be billed to insurance.

If you have questions about the vaccine, please discuss with your physician/primary care provider.

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). 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. 

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 qualify-ing COVID positive patients at Mercer Health’s Outpatient Center. Talk to your primary care provider to see if this option is right for you.

Quarantine Information

People who have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless they have been fully vaccinated, should quarantine:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

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 place for visitation at Mercer Health.

General Guidelines for All Visitors

  • All visitors of Mercer Health will be subject to screening upon entrance to the facility.
    • Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving the facility.
  • Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times. There are no exceptions.
  • Visitors are encouraged to stay in the room with the patient when possible.
    • The Cedar Table, Gift Shop and Hazelnut are available for use  provided the visitor has passed the screening, adheres to the social distancing guidelines in place and is compliant with masking.
  • No visitors under age 18, with the exception of immediate household siblings in the Childbirth Center
  • No visitors are allowed in the hospital from 6 p.m. – 7 a.m., unless accompanying an emergency room, maternity, or pediatric patient.

Visitors at Mercer Health

  • Visitation remains restricted for all suspect and positive COVID-19 patients.
  • ICU & Acute Care Units: (2) adult visitors at a time
  • Pediatrics: (2) adult visitors allowed at a time
  • Surgery: (2) adult visitors at a time
  • Childbirth Center: (2) visitors, also allows immediate household sibling visitation
  • Emergency Department: (1) visitor allowed for the duration of visit. Visitors will not be allowed to leave the patient room. In some circumstances, due to the ongoing possibility of increased activity in the Emergency Department, visitors may not be permitted at all.
  • Outpatient Services: (1) visitor allowed per visit. This includes Outpatient Center (OPC) and OB Ultrasounds
  • Lab/Radiology/Therapy: (1) visitor allowed, per visit, to support patients that are pediatric, have significant disability or are confused only.
  • Patient Facing End-of-Life: Additional visitors may be present based on the patient’s needs and hospital’s ability to provide a safe environment. Clergy is also permitted after proper screening.

Visitors at Mercer Health Medical Group Practices

  • (1) visitor is allowed per visit.

Visitor Screening at Mercer Health

  • Visitors will be asked to leave/wait in the car if:
    • They 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 have had known exposure to COVID-19 in the last 10 days
    • They are currently under quarantine for diagnosis of COVID-19
  • 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.

Visitor Entrance

  • 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.
  • Closed: Entrance #4 (near Cedar Table) remains closed to the public.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff, visitors and the community.

Visitors at Community Medical Center (DUC, Disease Management, Provider Offices)

  • (1) visitor is allowed for the duration of the visit.

Visitors at Community Medical Center (Outpatient Lab/Therapy)

  • (1) visitor is allowed, per visit, to support patients that are pediatric, have significant disability or are confused only.

Visitors at West Campus

  • (1) visitor is allowed for the duration of the visit.

Visitors at Community Sports and Therapy

  • (1) visitor allowed, per visit, to support patients that are pediatric, have significant disability or are confused only.

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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