• The North Georgia Health District offices in Dalton and Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will be CLOSED on Monday, April 24th for a State Holiday. This also applies to all Environmental Health, WIC and Children's Medical Services. Normal hours of operation will resume the following day.


  • Fourth Cherokee County raccoon tests positive for rabies

    raccoonCherokee County Environmental Health officials announced today that the fourth raccoon in Cherokee County since May has tested positive for rabies, and an unvaccinated horse must undergo a six-month quarantine.

    Environmental Health Specialist Glendon Gordy stated that on Saturday, July 23, a raccoon was found with a horse in the horse's stall at a residence on North Lake Drive in Canton. The raccoon was alive but not moving, and the resident's son shot it.
  • Health Departments will close on Furlough Days

    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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