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Mercer and Auglaize county COVID-19 cases

Daily numbers are cumulative, except for hospitalizations. District officials report hospitalizations as the total number of people currently hospitalized, noting that when a person is discharged he or she is removed from the hospitalization total. Hospitalized patients remain in the COVID-19-positive total count.

Data from Mercer and Auglaize county health departments. Updated 7/10/20 4:06pm

Mercer County has started to released some demographic information on confirmed cases:

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mercer county communities

Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ethnicity in Mercer County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mercer county businesses

Ohio COVID-19 cases

New cases each day in Ohio 0 500 1000 3-09 3-12 3-15 3-18 3-21 3-24 3-27 3-30 4-02 4-05 4-08 4-11 4-14 4-17 4-20 4-23 4-26 4-29 5-02 5-05 5-08 5-11 5-14 5-17 5-20 5-23 5-26 5-29 6-01 6-04 6-07 6-10 6-13 6-16 6-19 6-22 6-25 6-28 7-01 7-04 7-07 7-10 New Cases New Hospitalizations New ICU New Deaths Total cases each day in Ohio 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 40000 45000 50000 55000 3-09 3-12 3-15 3-18 3-21 3-24 3-27 3-30 4-02 4-05 4-08 4-11 4-14 4-17 4-20 4-23 4-26 4-29 5-02 5-05 5-08 5-11 5-14 5-17 5-20 5-23 5-26 5-29 6-01 6-04 6-07 6-10 6-13 6-16 6-19 6-22 6-25 6-28 7-01 7-04 7-07 7-10 Total Cases Total Hospitalizations Total ICU Total Deaths
Source: Ohio Department of Health. Updated 7/10/20 2:08pm.

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Sidewalk Art
Tuesday, April 21st
Brennan Stachler, a fourth grader from St. Henry, worked to create this sidewalk art for two solid days.
Submitted by: Nikki Moor.
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Symptoms of COVID-19 versus common cold and flu

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People should consult their medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Some of our local coverage
July 11th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A 10th Mercer County person has died from COVID-19, according to a news release on Friday.
Three new cases of the virus also were reported, raising the county's total to 294. No new cases were reported in Auglaize County.
The 10th death was a 93-year-old woman who was a resident at The Gardens at Celina, county health district officials said in the release. [More]
July 10th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A new case of COVID-19 raised Mercer County's total number of cases to 291 as the county was elevated to a Level 2 public emergency in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System on Thursday.
In Auglaize County, two new confirmed cases brought that county's total to 102. [More]
July 6th
By William Kincaid
Local school district superintendents and health officials will convene this week to address Gov. Mike DeWine's directives about reopening schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down nationally.
Most teachers [More]
June 30th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mercer County on Monday, raising the county's total to 267.
No new cases were reported in Auglaize County.
The two newest cases involve a man from the age of 80-90 who is hospitalized and a woman from the age of 70-80 who is self-isolating at home, according to a Mercer County Health District news release. [More]
June 27th
Celina grads receive diplomas amid pandemic
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A sea of green and white filled Celina Stadium on Friday night as the graduating class of 2020 was honored with an in-person ceremony.
Students and school staff were reunited for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in mid-March. High school principal Phil Metz said the gathering was amazing to see. [More]
June 26th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A ninth person has died of COVID-19 in Mercer County, according to a Thursday news release.
Health officials also reported no new cases in Mercer County and one new case in Auglaize County.
The most recent death involves an 84-year-old woman from Celina who was a resident at The Gardens at Celina, Mercer County Health District Public Information Officer Kristy Fryman said. [More]
June 25th
From staff reports
CELINA - All four Mercer County District Library locations will reopen with normal hours of operation on Wednesday, following guidance from the Ohio and Mercer County departments of health.
Patrons are asked reserve the first hour of the day for at-risk community members, including individuals 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions. Curbside pickup will still be available through the online curbside pickup form or by calling the library to schedule an appointment. [More]
June 22nd
Mercer Health 5K Challenge taking virtual path to summer running
By Gary R. Rasberry
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the routines of many, including those who may run for recreation and fitness.
Also affected has been some of the running events that take place around the area, significantly the Mercer Health 5K Challenge, which encouraged runners to compete at 5K events held around Mercer County from June to August. [More]
June 17th
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize County Fair will go on Aug. 2-8 this year, according to manager Ed Doenges.
Doenges said fair board members met last week and decided to continue with the Junior Fair, and met again on Monday and approved proceeding with this year's other events with some restrictions. [More]
June 16th
By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - School board members during Monday evening's meeting authorized the superintendent to proceed with a virtual academy pilot program for the 2020-2021 school year.
Superintendent Larry Brown said the district will join a consortium of public school districts called the Northwest Ohio Virtual Academy. The group includes roughly 50 school districts and career centers. [More]
June 15th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mercer County over the weekend, raising the county's total to 243.
One new confirmed case was reported in Auglaize County, raising that county's confirmed number to 77.
The Mercer County Health District did not release information on the two new cases by press time. [More]
June 13th
Half-marathon, 5K and Kids Run are still planned
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - The Grand Lake Marathon initially set to take place in September has been canceled, though the half-marathon, 5K and Kids Run are still commencing as planned.
Organizers decided to pull the plug on the full marathon due to lower-than-average registration and the costs associated with hosting the full event. [More]
June 11th
State leaders promise plan to help county fairs
By William Kincaid
Mercer County Fair Manager Cara Muhlenkamp said organizers are working diligently behind the scenes to stage the best fair possible this summer while adhering to the state's COVID-19 pandemic-based safety measures.
Meanwhile, Auglaize County Fair Board members have moved to host a junior fair this year but are still weighing whether to proceed with a full fair as they await more information from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, according to the fair's Facebook page. [More]
June 8th
By Leslie Gartrell
When people become sick with COVID-19, what is their treatment regiment like? What happens if a person is hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications?
Dr. John Terpstra, an emergency medicine physician and chief of staff at Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater, said treatment can vary depending on the severity of symptoms. [More]
June 5th
2 residents, 3 staff have virus
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A COVID-19 outbreak was reported at The Gardens at Celina on Thursday, and three new cases raised the county's total to 221.
One new confirmed case was reported in Auglaize County, raising that county's total to 70.
Five confirmed cases are connected to the outbreak at The Gardens at Celina. Three involve staff, and two involve residents, according to a Mercer County Health District news release on Thursday. The facility has 13 pending test results. [More]
June 4th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - An eighth person has died from COVID-19 and three news cases of the virus reported on Wednesday raised Mercer County's total count to 218.
In Auglaize County, one new confirmed case raised that county's confirmed total to 69.
The eighth person to die from COVID-19 was a 91-year-old resident at The Gardens at St. Henry, according to a Mercer County Health District news release on Wednesday. [More]
June 3rd
Fair likely will be pared down
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The Celina Lake Festival was called off on Tuesday night due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, joining a growing list of long-standing area summer celebrations to have been scrapped.
Meanwhile, Mercer County Fair officials are still committed to "putting on as much of a full fair as possible," manager Cara Muhlenkamp said. [More]
May 29th
Mercer County men were both in their 80s
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA -Two deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, raising Mercer County's toll to six.
No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county, keeping the total cases at 201.
In Auglaize County, one confirmed case raised that county's number to 65. [More]
May 28th
County records 4th virus death
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A fourth person has died from COVID-19 in Mercer County, and two new cases raised the county's total to more than 200, according to a Wednesday news release.
Auglaize County health officials reported one new confirmed case, raising that county's confirmed number of cases to 64. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City officials have decided to open Bryson Pool on June 6 but on a limited, private-party-only basis to comply with state COVID-19 pandemic directives, city safety service director Tom Hitchcock said.
They also on Wednesday afternoon reopened Huffy pond in Eastview Park, which contains a beach area. Yet the city is not allowed to turn on the splash pads at either Bryson Pool or the Bryson Park District along Lake Shore Drive or allow access to playground equipment, per state orders. [More]
From staff reports
Mercer County no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
Pandemic-caused job losses caused Mercer County to drop from the state's lowest rate of unemployment to 14th in a three-way tie with Clermont and Fairfield counties. Mercer County had maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the state since March 2016. [More]
May 21st
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Officials on Wednesday said the fight against COVID-19 isn't over as a third person has died in Mercer County, and five new cases raise the county's total to 160.
One new case of COVID-19 was announced in Auglaize County.
A 56-year-old St. Henry woman is the third Mercer County resident to die from COVID-19, county health district administrator Jason Menchhofer said. He believed the woman died on Monday. [More]
From staff reports
From Staff and Wire Reports
The Grand Lake Mariners will not have a season.
Late Tuesday evening, the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League announced that it was canceling its season amid ongoing coronavirus concerns.
"We are truly disappoi [More]
May 20th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A hospitalized boy 10 years old or younger represents one of 14 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday, raising Mercer County's total to 156.
In Auglaize County, one new confirmed case has raised the number of that county's confirmed and probable cases to 57. [More]
Novolex normally makes customized plastic packaging
By William Kincaid
COLDWATER - A Coldwater manufacturer of customized packaging will soon crank out 2 million isolation gowns a month for health care providers, assisted-living centers and other businesses in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Coldwater is home to one of Novolex's nine North American facilities that are mass-producing personal protective equipment being shipped across the nation, said Galen Killam, a senior technology and product manager. [More]
May 19th
Mercer County virus cases reach 142
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - The Mercer County Health District launched its online COVID-19 dashboard on Monday and reported five new confirmed cases of the virus, raising the county's total to 142.
No new cases were reported in Auglaize County.
Four of the newly c [More]
May 18th
20 new cases raise Mercer County to 137
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A second person has died and more than 20 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mercer County over the weekend, raising the county's confirmed total to 137.
The second death was a St. Henry man from the age of 90-100, according to Mercer County Health District administrator Jason Menchhofer. He said the man died on Saturday. [More]
May 16th
OHSAA to lift no-contact rule for 6 sports
By Daily Standard Staff
By COLIN FOSTER and GARY R. RASBERRY
sports@dailystandard.com
Youngsters are getting ready to play ball again.
Ohio's top leaders said Thursday that low-impact sports leagues and other activities will resume later this month. Yesterday, Gov. Mike DeWine's office released a list of mandatory safety guidelines to follow for the youth baseball and softball seasons. [More]
May 15th
By Sydney Albert
Despite having fewer vehicles on the road during the statewide coronavirus shutdown, the number of accidents reported by some law enforcement offices has remained about the same.
Lt. John Westerfield said since March 15, the number of accidents handled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wapakoneta Post has been about the same as in the same time period in 2019. [More]
May 14th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - More than 100 Mercer County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, as 15 new cases reported on Wednesday raised the county's total to 101.
An outbreak of COVID-19 was reported at The Gardens at St. Henry after an employee and a former resident tested positive. [More]
May 12th
No new cases in Auglaize Co.
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - The number of positive coronavirus tests continues to rise in the area, as the Mercer County Health District on Monday reported seven new cases, raising the county's total to 86.
Auglaize County health officials reported no new cases on Monday. [More]
May 11th
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. HENRY - Of the 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County, 24 are currently employed by the Cooper Farms Processing Plant in St. Henry, according to a news release from the Mercer County Health District on Saturday.
The plant employs approximately 700 people, and infected employees make up 4% of the workforce at that location, according to Kristy Fryman, public information officer at the health department. [More]
May 9th
By Daily Standard Staff
By WILLIAM KINCAID
and SYDNEY ALBERT
Mercer and Auglaize County's jails so far have avoided coronavirus infections.
Mercer County jail inmates have been spared so far, thanks in part to strict protocols enacted almost two months ago, sheriff Jeff Grey said. One law enforcement employee, though, had tested positive for the coronavirus but has since recovered and returned to duty. [More]
May 8th
By Daily Standard Staff
Rockford cancels festivities
ROCKFORD - Bicentennial celebration organizers have reluctantly canceled all events for the year.
"Being our bicentennial celebration year, this was a super hard decision," they wrote in a news release. "It saddens [More]
Week's worth of private test results arrive
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Eighteen new positive coronavirus tests were reported on Thursday, raising Mercer County's total number of confirmed cases to 59 - more than triple the number of cases reported last Monday.
In Auglaize County, two new cases were announced, raising that county's confirmed number of cases to 37. [More]
May 7th
ODNR offers ideas for Ohioans tired of endless quarantine
By Sydney Albert
As students begin to tire of being stuck indoors with school classes canceled and businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state offers an option to remind them of the great outdoors.
People looking to explore the great outdoors or simply looking for kid-friendly activities as summer break begins, can check the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's Digital Discoveries page for ideas. [More]
May 6th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections continue to climb in Mercer County as five new positive tests raised the county's total to 38.
Auglaize County officials reported one new case on Tuesday, increasing the total there to 36.
In Mercer County, the 34th and 35th cases are women between the ages of 30-40 and 60-70, respectively. Both are hospitalized, according to a Mercer County Health District news release. [More]
May 5th
By Sydney Albert
ST. MARYS - When Gov. Mike DeWine first ordered schools to switch to remote learning, Amy Wenning had thought it would last only a few weeks.
The fourth-grade math teacher at West Intermediate School in St. Marys, along with other teachers, put together assignments for her students - just enough to get them through the initial period. [More]
May 4th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA -The Mercer County Health District reported four new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, urging residents to continue social distancing as a string of new cases has raised the county's total of confirmed cases to 30.
The health department on Saturday reported the 27th confirmed case of COVID-19 is a woman from the age of 30-40 years old who is self-isolating at home. [More]
May 2nd
From Associated Press
COLUMBUS (AP) - Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday issued an appeal for Ohioans to stick together as the state slowly reopens, underscoring a point he has made multiple times in recent days: that it's possible to restart the economy and keep people safe at the same time. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
MARIA STEIN - Moeller Brew Barn is brewing up something good by distilling alcohol for hand sanitizer.
Owner and master brewer Nick Moeller had the idea to begin manufacturing hand sanitizer after Gov. Mike DeWine announced a stay-at-home order in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. [More]
April 30th
By Daily Standard Staff
Chickasaw Picnic is canceled
CHICKASAW - Chickasaw Picnic organizers have postponed the annual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Committee members decided holding the festival during the scheduled weekend of June 5-7 would be impossible, park board president T.J. Hess said. [More]
Nurse with COVID-19 gave birth, now home and slowly recovering
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Megan Sites, a local nurse and mother who had been hospitalized due to COVID-19, is back home and looking forward to a return to normalcy, though she acknowledged that process will probably take time.
Many in the community have heard Site [More]
April 29th
From staff reports
Together for a Change will distribute homemade cloth masks for the community from noon until they run out on Friday at Romer's Catering, St. Henry, and at The Shack in Coldwater Memorial Park.
Together for a Change is a group of Mercer County volu [More]
April 28th
But DeWine is clear: 'No masks, no work'
From Associated Press
COLUMBUS (AP) - Gov. Mike DeWine's first steps toward reopening the state after more than a month of strict stay-at-home orders will require masks for workers and shoppers, while giving hope for businesses eager to open their doors again and indefinitely putting off Ohioans' return to restaurants, barbershops and gyms. [More]
Glut of milk results from school, restaurant closings
By Leslie Gartrell
The closing of schools and restaurants due to COVID-19 has created uncertainty in an already volatile dairy market, causing dairy farmers throughout the nation including those locally, to prepare for the worst.
Demand for dairy products has fluctu [More]
April 24th
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Elections officials have kept busy working behind the scenes the last few weeks to prepare for Tuesday's in-person absentee vote to complete the March 17 primary election.
Gov. Mike DeWine's administration had ordered the closing of in-person polls on March 17 - the day originally designated as the state's primary election day - to halt the spread of the coronavirus. [More]
April 23rd
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - Five more people in Auglaize County have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county's total to 28, and one more person in Mercer County has tested positive, bringing it's total to 14.
Health commissioner Oliver Fisher said he does not believe the new cases represented a related outbreak. With increased testing and new testing criteria, an increase in the number of cases is to be expected, he noted. [More]
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - Mercer Health's financial turnaround over the last fiscal year may help cushion the blow from disrupted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even so, hospital administrators are looking at various funding options as they start the new fiscal year in uncharted waters. [More]
April 21st
Area fields light up to honor class of 2020
By Gary R. Rasberry
On a day when the 2020 spring sports season was officially canceled, schools all over Ohio paid tribute to high school seniors.
The lights at area football, baseball, softball, track and soccer stadiums were turned on Monday night to honor those seniors who lost the final portion of their school year due to the state shutting down buildings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. [More]
April 20th
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - An 82-year-old woman is the second person to die of COVID-19 in Auglaize County.
According to a news release posted on the Auglaize County Health Department's Facebook page Saturday, the woman was being treated at a local hospital. No further information was released by the health department. [More]
April 18th
By Daily Standard Staff
By WILLIAM KINCAID and SYDNEY ALBERT
newsroom@dailystandard.com
County officials are keeping a wary eye on the economic fallout local governments face from the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown of large parts of the economy.
Mercer County had been on pace for another bumper year of sales tax collections when Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home directive brought much of the local economy to an abrupt halt, county auditor Randy Grapner said. [More]
April 16th
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize County Health Department reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday bringing the county's total to 18.
The three new cases involve women ages 87, 84 and 86, respectively. All are self isolating at home.
Testing was completed by a privately contracted lab, according to the health department. Department officials also reported four hospitalizations and one death from COVID-19. [More]
Pantries are stressed but still helpful
By Leslie Gartrell
Local food banks are responding to increased demand with limited resources as the coronavirus pandemic continues across the U.S.
CALL Ministries executive director Homer Burnett said the Celina nonprofit has had to drastically reduce its services. While CALL usually offers eight services such as a clothing pantry and weekly hot meal program, the ministry has had to shutter all but the food pantry, which has had its hours slashed. [More]
April 15th
Pregnant nurse, 27, infected with virus delivers baby
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - The family of a young mother who was hospitalized with COVID-19 and forced to deliver her baby weeks before her due date has a message for others: This disease is real, it's scary and it can affect even the young and healthy.
Sandy Jeffries hopes that by sharing the story of her daughter, Megan Sites, others will begin to take shelter-in-place and social distancing orders more seriously. [More]
April 14th
Businesses rush to file in order to get stimulus money
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Local accountants are conducting business as usual during this extended tax season, though in a slightly different manner.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to file personal tax returns has been extended to July 15, according to Matt. J. Muhlenkamp, a CPA and financial adviser at Muhlenkamp & Associates, Celina. The extension is for federal, state, school and city taxes. [More]
April 11th
From staff reports
The following grocery stores are offering various special services amid the novel coronavirus pandemic:
• Friendly Market, 725 W. Logan St., Celina, is designating 11 a.m.-noon each day for people 50 or older and those considered at-risk to shop, according to a store employee. The store is also offering delivery every day for an additional $5. [More]
April 10th
Auglaize County man was 64
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - A 64-year-old Auglaize County man is that county's first resident to die of COVID-19 and the second locally.
The Auglaize County Health Department announced the death in a Thursday news release. Health commissioner Oliver Fisher said the department learned of the death early that morning. [More]
April 9th
Isolation tough on people struggling with mental issues
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Social distancing is expected to slow the spread of the coronavirus and in turn save countless lives.
Yet for those battling mental illness and substance abuse, that isolation is a bitter pill to swallow as it runs counter to their efforts to build and tap into a support network in times of weakness, self-doubt and temptation. [More]
By Colin Foster
The Jamba Hoops 3-on-3 Easter Classic was supposed to be held this weekend in Minster.
And the event was going to see a record turnout in its 14-year history.
"Our previous high (for teams) was 32, and we were already at 37 this year," explain [More]
April 8th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - The Mercer County Health District is coordinating planning and communication among local and regional partners to prepare for a potential peak in coronavirus cases.
Plans are in place to keep Mercer County residents safe and prepared during the pandemic, said Deb Scheer, district epidemiologist and director of emergency preparedness. [More]
April 7th
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Many people are feeling the blues after being cut off from friends and family members under Ohio's stay-at-home order.
Grady Jackson of Celina was one of them as his birthday inched closer and closer, knowing this year he wouldn't be able to celebrate the special day with his pals due to social distancing guidelines. [More]
April 6th
8 Mercer County cases, 1 death
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Two more Mercer County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to eight.
The new case is a woman from 30 to 40 years old who is self-isolating at home, according to the Mercer County Health District reports. [More]
April 4th
Mercer County man was 71
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A 71-year-old Mercer County man became the first local person to die from the coronavirus, health officials reported.
Mercer County Health District officials announced the death in a news release on Friday evening. The man had been hospitalized and was the first person in the county to test positive for the virus. No further information about the man will be released to respect his family's privacy, according to the release. [More]
April 3rd
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Help is coming for people needing emergency shelter or struggling with rent, mortgage and utility payments because of setbacks triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal and state funds have been repurposed to meet the pressing needs of those adversely affected by the unprecedented outbreak rampaging across the nation. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A sixth person in Mercer County has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The woman, between 20-30 years old, is in self-isolation at home, according to a news release Thursday from the Mercer County Health District.
Also on Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine extended the stay-at-home order until 11:59 p.m. May 1. The order goes into effect at midnight on Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Health. [More]
April 2nd
Local company making plastic protective shields
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A hometown company is harnessing its wellspring of ingenuity to churn out new products to protect retail workers, health care professionals and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Visions/AwardCraft, a leading global manu [More]
April 1st
Nurse on the front lines of virus fight in New Orleans
By William Kincaid
YORKSHIRE - Seeking out a new medical experience, Premier Health X-ray technician Lauren Bohman landed her first travel assignment in New Orleans.
Little did the 24-year-old Versailles High School graduate know her eight-week placement in The Big Easy's second-largest hospital would put her on the front line of a hellish, unfathomable pandemic with sickened patients descending upon the emergency room in droves. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials have reported two new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing Mercer County's total number of positive cases to four.
Auglaize County officials also reported a new case, bringing its total to three.
The Mercer County district reported the third positive patient is a woman between 30 and 40 and the fourth is a woman between the ages of 20 and 30. Both are in self-isolation at home, according to Kristy Fryman, district public information officer. [More]
By Gary R. Rasberry
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass has been the public face at state tournaments in presenting trophies and honoring teams.
Of late, it has also meant making announcements and answering questions about the status of high school sports in the state due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has shuttered all of the state's schools until at least May 1. [More]
March 31st
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The first wave of absentee ballots left the Mercer County Board of Elections office on Monday in accordance with recently enacted state legislation that, among other provisions, extends absentee voting-by-mail for the primary election due to the coronavirus pandemic. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Ohioans who didn't get to cast a ballot in the presidential primary election on March 17 because the polls were ordered closed can do so via an absentee ballot that can be delivered or mailed to the board of elections.
In light of extended voting opportunities, Mercer County elections officials gave a rundown of how to request and fill out an absentee ballot, particularly for people accustomed to voting in-person at their polling location on Election Day. [More]
March 30th
Some teachers are recording videos
By Leslie Gartrell
Teachers, parents and students are cooperating as schools have students learn from home.
Schools have been closed since Gov. Mike DeWine ordered that all public, community and private K-12 schools close at the end of the school day March 16 and remain closed through at least April 3. The order stipulated that during the closure, teachers should educate through alternative means. [More]
March 28th
Board makes activity baskets for its clients
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - The world may seem like it's been brought to a standstill, but the Mercer County Board for Developmental Disabilities is still working to provide services and bring a little cheer to locals with disabilities.
Many staff members are working remotely as they continue helping families get supplies or information, while direct-care providers continue to provide hands-on service. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - An Auglaize County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an Auglaize County Health Department news release, the first for that county.
Health commissioner Oliver Fisher said the department received the positive test result from an Ohio Department of Health lab at 4:25 p.m. Friday. The person is a 65-year-old female, who is being treated at a local hospital. [More]
March 27th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A second person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Mercer County, according to a Mercer County Health District news release issued Thursday evening.
The district received results around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, district administrator Jason Menchhofer said. Testing was reportedly completed at an Ohio Department of Health testing lab. [More]
Residents put toys, drawings in windows of their homes
By Amy Kronenberger
Bears have been popping up all over the area, peeking out of windows and perching on porches, waiting to be discovered by families on the hunt.
Care Bears have invaded Brooke Wente's shop, Lather: A Hair Company for Him and Her in New Bremen, but for her and her three kids, Lucy, 6; Jack, 4; and Olive, 2, the hunt didn't end there. By Wednesday morning, her kids were excited to hit the sidewalks to see just how many bears they could find lurking in the community. [More]
From staff reports
The Ohio High School Athletic Association formally canceled the remaining winter sports tournaments on Thursday, as expected with schools remaining closed due to an order from Gov. Mike DeWine.
In a news release, OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass stated that the continued priority was the health of athletes and fans. [More]
March 26th
Board told virus has cut off supply chains
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - Prudent use of personal protective equipment has become a priority for Mercer Health staff as both the state and nation are critically short during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Along with creating high demand for certain medical supplies and preventive gear, COVID-19 has also disrupted the global supply lines that would provide such supplies. [More]
From staff reports
  ST. MARYS - Mayor Patrick McGowan reassured residents that water, sewer, electric, police, fire and EMS services will be provided in the face of the coranavirus pandemic.
Officials have limited access to city buildings and having employees work remotely, he said in a news release. Non-essential services such as brush pickup and curbside recycling pickup will face temporary disruptions or interruptions until further notice. [More]
March 25th
Army of volunteers mass-producing for COVID-19 fight
By Amy Kronenberger
NEW BREMEN - The iconic image of Rosie the Riveter has become the symbol for a local organization whose volunteers have stepped up to help keep area health care workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blanketeer founder Emilie Britton of New Bremen changed gears in recent days. The group that typically sews blankets for people in hospitals or nursing homes or anyone needing comfort, is also making protective face masks. [More]
From staff reports
  Local health care facilities and emergency responders are seeking donations of personal protective equipment due to a national shortage during the COVID-19 crisis.
Mercer Health
Mercer Health officials are welcoming donations of unopened PPE, along with fabric masks made by community members, according to a news release. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A Mercer County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Mercer County Health District news release.
The district received the test results after 6 p.m. Tuesday and announced the person was a hospitalized patient, health administrator Jason Menchhofer said. [More]
March 24th
By Sydney Albert
CELINA - Something different is brewing these days at 110 S. Main St.
Many people know Brew Nation and Lake Rat Brewing Co. for their food, beer and live events, but the local hangout has been closed since Gov. Mike DeWine's executive order barring dine-in dining and drinking due to the coronavirus pandemic. [More]
From staff reports
  Due to the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic and recent state orders, Mercer County District Library in Celina and its branches in St. Henry, Chickasaw and Mendon are closed until further notice. Curbside service at the Celina branch will no longer be offered. [More]
March 23rd
From Associated Press
Gov. Mike DeWine's administration is enacting a stay-at-home order as the number of cases in the state spiked Sunday to more than 350.
DeWine said the stay-at-home order will start to be enforced Tuesday by local health departments and local law enforcement, and last for at least two weeks. [More]
March 21st
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - When people hear, read or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as COVID-19, they may feel anxious and show signs of stress.
However, local and national experts say people have several ways to calm themselves in times of crisis. [More]
From staff reports
  ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Ohio small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced on Friday. [More]
March 20th
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. JOSEPH - People in more than 200 cars crammed into St. Joseph Catholic Church's parking lot to see the Eucharistic procession in honor of the Feast of St. Joseph on Thursday evening.
The procession was a way to ask St. Joseph, protector of families and homes, to intervene and protect local homesteads during the COVID-19 pandemic. [More]
March 19th
From staff reports
  Mercer Health is postponing elective surgeries and procedures. Patients affected by this change will be contacted directly from their physician's office.
Elective status of surgical cases will be determined by the clinical judgment of Mercer Health physicians using criteria to ensure the safety and well-being of patients. Surgical procedures deemed necessary to avoid risk to life, permanent dysfunction, progression of disease or risk of rapidly worsening symptoms will still be performed. [More]
From staff reports
The following events/locations have been canceled, postponed or temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
• The Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable meeting is canceled for March 26. Whether members will meet on April 23 will be decided at a later date. [More]
March 18th
From staff reports
  CELINA - Mercer County Common Pleas Court will increase the availability and use of hand sanitizers and increase efforts to disinfect hard surfaces.
Personal attendance for court proceedings will be decreased in favor of proceedings done via telecommunication, including video proceedings done in partnership with the Mercer County jail for on-record proceedings. [More]
From staff reports
The following events/locations have been canceled, postponed or temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
• Autism Life Center's in-person Regional Disability Conference & Resource Fair, which had been scheduled for March 28 in Lima, has been canceled. Officials are working on creating an online platform. [More]
March 17th
Most community events postponed
By Sydney Albert
ROCKFORD - Several Rockford community leaders on Monday explained how COVID-19 has affected village life and encouraged residents to continue supporting local businesses.
The segment was hosted on the village radio station WRKD 101.3-FM. A recording will be posted on the station's website, according to Chris Rasbach, a member of the station's board of directors. [More]
By Daily Standard Staff
  WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County officials are limiting gathering and physical contact while continuing to provide services.
These actions are effective March 18-April 8.
Administration building
The administration building, 209 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta, is open for scheduled appointments only. [More]
From staff reports
  CELINA - In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the Mercer County Health District has increased its incident command system structure to full activation.
As of Monday, 3,487 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 68 deaths were reported in 49 states. Ohio reported 50 confirmed cases and 14 hospitalizations due to the virus. District officials report no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. [More]
March 16th
From staff reports
  Local school districts are making plans to handle classroom assignments and to help feed students who depend upon their school cafeterias for healthy food.
Celina City Schools 
Starting Tuesday, free breakfast and lunch will be provided in carr [More]
By Georgia Rindler
COLDWATER - Parents and educators are sharing their tips for keeping children engaged and learning despite being home from school for at least the next three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lack of the normal school-break activities makes the effort even more complicated. [More]
March 14th
From staff reports
From staff reports
CELINA - The coronavirus test on a local resident has come back negative, according to a Mercer County Health District news release.
On Wednesday, the district reported that a resident was being tested for novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. On Friday, district officials were notified that the test did not detect the virus. [More]
From staff reports
  Friendly Market owner Dave Giesige had to think back to the Blizzard of 1978 to recall such a surge of customers dead set on stockpiling supplies during a crisis.
"It does compare to the blizzard," Giesige said. The difference is back in 1978, people were hoarding bread, milk and cigarettes. [More]
From staff reports
The following local events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
n The Auglaize PERI Chapter No. 9 luncheon meeting scheduled for April 7 at St. Marys is canceled. The next meeting is set for June 2 at the Wapakoneta Eagles Aerie. [More]
March 13th
Closed for coronavirus
By Leslie Gartrell
Local educators are among those scrambling to deal with the governor's order to close all kindergarten through 12th-grade schools in Ohio for three weeks due to the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis.
Leaders of businesses, churches and social groups also are taking steps to avoid gathering large groups of people. Events including this weekend's St. Patrick's Day celebration in St. Henry have been canceled. [More]
Closed for coronavirus
From Associated Press
COLUMBUS (AP) - Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday ordered Ohio schools closed for three weeks beginning at the end of the day Monday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Here is a look at the decision:

Length
The order takes effect at the [More]
OHSAA calls off remaining winter sports tournaments
By Daily Standard Staff
By COLIN FOSTER and GARY R. RASBERRY
sports@dailystandard.com
Following the lead of professional sports leagues suspending their seasons and the NCAA calling off March Madness, the Ohio High School Athletic Association postponed indefinitely the remaining winter sports tournaments on Thursday. [More]
March 12th
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Mercer County Health District officials on Wednesday announced they are monitoring a person who could be infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Samples from the patient have been taken and sent to a private lab for testing, K [More]
March 11th
Coronavirus concerns
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The coronavirus will probably make its way to Mercer County, however, residents should not give into fear, one county official said on Tuesday.
"We want to urge people to be prepared, and we want to be prepared as a health department and know that something could be coming that's worse than what we've got right now, but we're not running around saying 'the sky is falling,' either," Mercer County Health District Administrator Jason Menchhofer said. [More]
March 9th
By William Kincaid
PIQUA - U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, is confident the federal government has the resources and capability to handle the coronavirus COVID-19, saying the media coverage of the outbreak has been somewhat hyped.
Davidson addressed the virus at Saturday's 2020 Farm Forum held at Edison State Community College in Piqua, where he also laid out his top agriculture-based legislative priorities to an audience of farmers and agriculture advocates. [More]