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Come get your delicious fresh fruits and vegetables this summer at several DRIVE-THRU Farmers Markets presented by North Georgia's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.

Affordably priced and locally grown, these fresh fruits and vegetables can be prepared and served in a variety of scrumptious ways to enjoy healthy, nutritious meals, treats and snacks this summer... and beyond!

Participating farmers are from Brown’s Produce of Tunnel Hill and R & A Orchards of Ellijay.

The Drive-Thru Farmers Markets will be held this summer at the following dates and locations from 8 AM to 12 PM or for as long as produce lasts (just added site is in red):

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The North Georgia Health District continually strives to help our communities with all public health needs. We recognize that our health departments are not equipped to offer Opioid addiction treatment or substance abuse services, but we do hope this Recovery Resource Guide will lead all who seek this type of assistance in the right direction, whether it be for themselves or for others.

This guide was updated in January 2021. Services, programs, and treatment options are constantly changing, so please refer back to this guide for updates to the listed facilities. This guide will be updated annually.

Please click on the 2021 Recovery Resource Guide graphic below in either English or Spanish to view and download the pdf document.

We want to thank the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department for setting a great example for our resource guide.

Potential Rabies Alert

Health officials warn: Avoid all unfamiliar animals

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Canton, GA – A man was bitten by a raccoon on Wednesday, June 2nd while biking on the Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trail on Sixes Road in Canton. This incident is not related to the raccoon attack that occurred earlier this week in Woodstock, even though both Canton and Woodstock are in Cherokee County, Georgia. 

The bicyclist was in the Dwelling Loop section of the trail at about 4 PM on Wednesday when he stopped to feed a raccoon he thought was injured. The raccoon bit down on the bicyclist’s hand, but because the man wore bike gloves, there was no puncture to his skin or nails. Emergency room attendants, who later examined the man at Northside Cherokee Hospital, determined no further treatment was needed. 

The raccoon was not submitted for testing, so whether the animal was infected with rabies is unknown.

Cherokee County Environmental Health officials contacted the bicyclist to recommend that he call Georgia Poison Control for any further guidance he may need, and environmental health will work with trail maintenance to have warning signs placed in the area.

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Woodstock, GA – Cherokee County Environmental Health officials advised that a raccoon attacked and bit a person on June 1st at River Chase Drive in Woodstock. The behavior of the raccoon indicated a strong probability it is rabid. The raccoon was neither captured nor killed, so residents are urged to take these necessary precautions: 

  • Public health advisory Rabid Raccoon June 2ndReport any sightings of a raccoon in that area to Animal Control at (678) 493-4080. 
  • Avoid all contact with raccoons and other wild mammals. If you are bitten or scratched, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Rabies is usually fatal without preventive anti-rabies treatments. 
  • Children should be taught to avoid contact with wild mammals and to report any such contact to a parent or another adult who is in charge immediately. Remind children that wild animals are not pets and that wild mammals with rabies may sometimes appear tame and friendly, or they could appear sick. 
  • If bitten or scratched by a raccoon or other wild mammal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water for several minutes and then apply a skin disinfectant. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Report the bite to Environmental Health at (770) 479-0444. 

Cherokee County Environmental Health staff are canvassing the area with a printed advisory (please click the graphic) to ensure residents are aware of the incident and will watch for this raccoon and others that could potentially be rabies-infected.