COVID-19 ACTIVITY IN MERCER COUNTY

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) and the places to find the answers.
Please note, IDPH has a 3-day delay in posting this data.

WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE CASE AND VACCINE STATISTICS IN MERCER COUNTY BROKEN DOWN BY AGE GROUPS?

I AM COVID POSITIVE. SHOULD I TEST AGAIN?

If you have already tested positive, PLEASE DO NOT TEST AGAIN.  Why?

  • positive individuals can continue to test positive for several weeks as their body recovers from the virus

  • testing kits are in short supply at this time and this unnecessary testing strains these important resources


We've had individuals tell us that their employer requires a negative test before they return to work.  This is not a recommended practice for the reasons stated above. ​

IS THERE TESTING FOR DIFFERENT VARIANTS? HAVE WE CONFIRMED ANY VARIANTS IN MERCER COUNTY?

Some COVID-19 testing labs across the state randomly send positive testing samples for genome sequencing for variant surveillance. The majority of tests for COVID-19 do not undergo this process.  Very few of the tests conducted on Mercer County residents ever go through genome sequencing and none of the rapid antigen tests conducted by Mercer County Health Department would be sequenced.

As of January 26th, 2022, sequencing has only been conducted on specimens from Mercer County residents 40 times since the pandemic began with results as follows:

  • (4) Alpha

  • (1) Gamma

  • (34) Delta 

  • (1) Omicron

COMMON COVID-19 VACCINE CONCERNS AND FACTS

  • Cannot give you COVID-19

  • Cannot cause you to become magnetic

  • Do not affect either male or female fertility

  • Do not shed or release any of their components

  • Will not alter our DNA

  • Will not cause you to have a positive COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen)

WHAT IS THE CURRENT POSITIVITY RATE IN MERCER COUNTY?

WHAT IS THE CURRENT LEVEL OF COVID-19 TRANSMISSION IN MERCER COUNTY?

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT VACCINATION RATES IN MERCER COUNTY?

SHOULD I USE A HOME TEST KIT?

Home test kits are an aid for identifying people who are positive for COVID-19 so that they can quickly isolate and help to prevent further spread of the virus to others.  Results do not get recorded into our state database.

Home test results are not appropriate for those requiring official proof of the results of a COVID-19 test, like those for travel, for example.  In those cases, a lab confirmed result may be needed.