HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSED THIS FRIDAY (June 17th) DUE TO BUDGET CUTS

June 15, 2011

*WIC OFFICE IN COLUMBUS WILL BE OPEN*

On Friday, June 17, 2011, the Columbus (Muscogee), Crisp, Macon, Marion, Quitman and Schley County Health Departments in the West Central Health District will be closed and employees required to take a day off without pay due to budget cuts. However, The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office will remain open in Columbus to serve the public. “Unfortunately, the health department continues to experience budget challenges and therefore the need for employee furlough days continue as well. We regret any difficulty this one day a month closure may be causing the community. Public Health continues to strive to meet the needs of the public during challenging financial times.” states Ed Saidla, District Program Manager

The Columbus Department of Public Health resides in the Health and Human Services Building located at 2100 Comer Avenue. Please note this facility houses multiple agencies. This notice of agency closure pertains specifically to the Columbus Department of Public Health located on the 2nd floor.

Furloughing of staff is not something any of our Boards of Health take lightly and they understand that it affects our employees and the communities we serve. The following health department furlough and holiday schedule for July 2011 is for Health Department’s in the West Central Health District. Health Department’s affected by budget cuts are as follows: Columbus (Muscogee), Crisp, Macon, Marion, Quitman and Schley County.

County Board of Health Authorized
Closure Dates - Due to Budget Cuts/State Holiday

Friday, July 1, 2011 Crisp County - Closed Due to Budget Cuts
Monday, July 4, 2011 All Counties - Closed Due to State Holiday
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 Columbus, Macon, Marion, Quitman and Schley County - Closed Due to Budget Cuts