June 30, 2011

On Monday, July 4, 2011, health departments will be closed in observance of a state holiday.  In addition, the Columbus (Muscogee), Macon, Marion, Quitman and Schley County Health Departments in the West Central Health District will be closed on Tuesday, July 5th 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 on July 5th in Columbus and Ft. Benning to serve the public.

“As the need for furloughs continue into our new fiscal year, I recognize there is a decrease in the quantity of days we are open to the public, but not the quality of services we provide.  We certainly regret having to continue furloughing; however this is an unfortunate consequence of our budget cuts.  We hope the need for furloughs does not continue the entire year, but this must be determined by future budget allocations.  Most importantly, I wish to thank the entire staff of the West Central Health District for their understanding, support and loyalty to public health and the communities we serve,” states Dr. Beverley Townsend, District Health Director. 

Please note the Crisp County Health Department will observe their furlough day on Friday, July 1, 2011 and therefore will be closed.

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.  Currently, Health Department’s affected by furloughs are:  Columbus (Muscogee), Crisp, Macon, Marion, Quitman and Schley County.  The following health department projected furlough dates and holiday schedule for August, September, and October 2011 in the West Central Health District are as follows. 

County Board of Health Authorized

Closure Dates - Due to Budget Cuts/State Holiday

 Friday, August 12, 2011     Furlough Day due to budget cuts
 Friday, September 2, 2011     Furlough Day due to budget cuts
 Monday, September 5, 2011    Closed due to State Holiday
 Friday, October 7, 2011    Furlough Day due to budget cuts
 Monday, October 10, 2011     Closed due to State Holiday