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Health department promoting social distancing, edits services

In an effort to promote social distancing, and in response to Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosely and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Emergency Declaration to reduce the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Harlan County Health Department will be making changes to some of its services effective today, Wednesday March 18, 2020. As of 12:00pm today, all locations will be closed to in-person traffic, with the following essential services still available by appointment only:

• Tuberculosis (TB) treatment

• Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) testing and treatment

• Women, Infants and Children (WIC) service for new clients and those who are impacted by loss of income to the Coronavirus Disease outbreak

• Immunizations

Other WIC support and environmental services will be conducted by telephone only. Health fairs and community affairs, in-person classes, (including food safety certification) and community presentations have been suspended until further notice.

The Environmental Health Services division advises vendors and individuals to conduct business with the department by telephone at 606-573-3219. Inspections and enforcement efforts will be limited to those with the greatest threat to the public’s health. Please call the Harlan County Health Department at 606-573-3700 or the Tri-Cities clinic at 606-589-2135 for more information.