January 14, 2011

All 16 county Health Departments in the West Central Health District will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2011 in observance of the national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday.

In addition, on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Columbus (Muscogee), Crisp, Macon, Marion, Quitman, and Schley County Health Departments in the West Central Health District will be closed and the employees furloughed therefore issued a day off without pay due to budget cuts.  "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 cause to 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 for the Health & Human Service Building pertains specifically to the Columbus Department of Public Health located on the 2nd floor.

This action 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 agency closure schedule for the remainder of the first quarter of 2011 for the Health Department’s in the West Central Health District affected by budget cuts are as follows:

Closure Dates
 Due to Budget Cuts/State Holiday


  • Mon, Jan 17, 2011 National/State Holiday
  • Tue, Jan 18, 2011  Closed Due to Budget Cuts
  • Mon, Feb 21, 2011 Closed Due to Budget Cuts
  • Fri, Mar 18, 2011  Closed Due to Budget Cuts