North Georgia Health District officials announced today that public health departments in Gilmer, Murray and Pickens Counties will be closed on certain days each month as part of planned furlough days when the agencies close and staff take leave without pay. The furlough days are due to budget shortfalls.

The first of these health department furlough days will take place in Murray County on Wednesday, July 27.

2011 Furlough Dates include:

Gilmer County Health Department

-Monday, August 22
-Monday, September 12
-Monday, September 26
-Monday, October 3
-Monday, October 24
-Monday, November 14
-Monday, November 28
-Monday, December 12
-Monday, December 19

*The Gilmer County WIC clinic WILL be OPEN on each of these dates

Murray County Health Department

-Wednesday, July 27
-Wednesday, August 24
-Wednesday, September 28
-Wednesday, October 26
-Wednesday, November 23
-Wednesday, December 28

Pickens County Health Department

-Monday, August 22
-Monday, September 12
-Monday, September 26
-Monday. October 3
-Monday, October 24
-Monday, November 14
-Monday, November 28
-Monday, December 12
-Monday, December 19

Health department furlough days in these counties are necessary to minimize the impact of declining funding and increased healthcare costs.

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