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Dalton, GA – The Whitfield County Health Department’s Adult Health Clinic (formerly known as MAC) is offering free hypertension services to the first 400 eligible residents to enroll for the offer.

Eligibility applies to Whitfield County residents who have a blood pressure reading of no less than 140 over 90 on at least two subsequent screenings or are taking antihypertensive medication to maintain normal blood pressure.

Free Hypertension Services at Whitfield Co Health Dept FlyerFree Hypertension Services at Whitfield Co Health Dept Flyer - English & Spanish - Click to downloadThe free hypertension services include:

  • Initial evaluation
  • Educational materials
  • Blood pressure cuff and blood pressure log
  • EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Goodie bag with heart smart incentives

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March 31, 2022

Download this pdf file. Increased Reports of Overdoses Involving Drugs Mixed with Fentanyl

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Drug Surveillance Unit has received increased reports of overdoses due to drugs mixed with fentanyl, particularly cocaine, methamphetamine, and counterfeit pills. Overdoses have been Download this pdf file. reported in several areas of the state over the past month.

Between early February and mid-March, at least 66 emergency department visits involved the use of cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, heroin, pain killers and cannabis products that were likely laced with fentanyl. Patients described extreme reactions to drugs – one patient reported taking a Percocet and went unresponsive – or patients were seen for a stimulant overdose but had a positive response to naloxone. Naloxone is administered to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

Fentanyl is a deadly substance that can be made illegally and found in all types of street drugs, not just opioids. It is important to know that it is possible to have an opioid overdose from a stimulant (e.g., cocaine) that is laced with fentanyl.

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Request for Proposal for Lawn Services
Gilmer County Health Department (GCHD) is soliciting proposals for a vendor for lawn maintenance services for their location at:
28 Southside Church Street
Ellijay, GA 30540
  1. Hours:
Lawn care maintenance shall be performed after health department hours of operation unless prior arrangements have been made with management. The health department hours of operation are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  1. Terms of Contract:
The initial contract term will be for one year from the date of award. The contract will be renewable on an annual basis for up to two (2) additional years. All subsequent renewal agreements shall incorporate all terms, conditions, and specifications contained in original agreement, unless mutually amended in writing.
  1. Insurance Coverage:
During the term of the contract, the Contractor at their sole cost and expense shall provide commercial insurance of such type and with such terms and limits as may be reasonable associated with the contract. This includes Workers’ Compensation, General Liability and Automobile.
Routine lawn maintenance service will be provided every 2 weeks from April through October for a total of 14 visits per year. Any visits required more than the 14 per year may be billed at a pre-determined fee which must be included in the proposal. Vendor must provide the following services:
    1. Mow and trim all grass areas
    2. Pick up paper and debris from parking lot
    3. Blow all grass trimmings from parking lot/sidewalk.
    4. Edge all curbs/sidewalks.
    5. Put down fresh much and pull all dead flowers/weeds twice a year (April and October)
    6. Trim all shrubs around building one time per year. 


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North GA - Due to the potential for severe thunderstorms and heavy rain, the MAKO Medical COVID-19 Drive-thru Test Sites in Dalton, Ellijay, Jasper and Woodstock, Georgia are closed, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. 

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