COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Registration and Eligibility

  • Individuals 60+ years of age are eligible.  Additional vaccination eligibility requirements per Ohio’s COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan state, all individuals must reside in the State of Ohio and Mercer County, unless the recipient is an established patient of Mercer Health. For example, if the recipient resides in any Ohio county, such as Darke County, but are an established Mercer Health patient, the individual would be eligible.  
  • Additional Ohioans with conditions that put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19 are also eligible. For a full listing, visit: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccinatio...
  • To Register  
    • Please note the process to register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment has changed effective Monday, February 8th, 2021.  Please read and follow the new process.
    • Registrations will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  Weekly, the registrations will be reviewed and appointments will be scheduled for upcoming vaccination clinics.  A Mercer Health staff member will call to schedule your apponitment when it is your turn to be scheduled for an appointment. Vaccine supply is very limited.  Please do not call to inquire about vaccine appointment availability.  Again, after you submit your registration please be patient as a staff member will call when it is your turn to be scheduled for an appointment.
    • Online Registration: is available any time at: https://mercer-health.com/covid-vaccine-signup
    • Phone Registration: Beginning Thursday, February 11th, registration will be available each week day (Monday - Friday), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., by calling 567-890-7188.
    • To Cancel: If registered and an appointment must be canceled, please call Mercer Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 419-678-5395 for further direction

Questions

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

  • Individuals that are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • Immunocompromised individuals or on medications that affect the immune system
  • Individuals who have had serious allergic reaction to any injection/shot
  • Individuals being treated for any underlying health conditions
  • 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

Other Details

  • 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.

Location, Parking, etc.

  • 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). 
  • 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. 

Drive-Thru Testing Site Location and Hours

Effective Tuesday, September 8th, appointments will be required to be tested at Mercer Health’s COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing located at 115 Summit St. in Celina. Appointments will decrease wait times in addition to expedite 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.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • 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.)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever over 100.4
  • Headache
  • Congestion
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea

COVID-19 Exposure Definition

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—should quarantine.

You are considered exposed if:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

COVID-19 Testing

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. Call Mercer Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 419-678-5395 for further direction.

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.

When to Seek Urgent or Emergency 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.

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.

Doctors' Urgent Care is currently operating by appointment only. Appointments are available from 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. 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.

Quarantine Information

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—should quarantine after exposure.

  • 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. 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: (2) visitors allowed. Clergy is also permitted after proper screening.

Visitors at Mercer Health Medical Group Practices

  • Remain restricted. A 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.

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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