District 4 Public Health

Serving Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson Counties of GA.

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Thank You

Thank District 4 Public Health, WIC (Women, Infant & Children) and all involved staff. Here is a brief message from the Georgia Gateway Governance Council.
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Spalding County Free Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic

“>Spalding County Health Department’s regular services will be closed on September 26th-27th. Vital Records & Environmental services  will be open on Thursday September 28th. Normal business hours will return on Friday September 29th.  Please be cautious of Drive Thru Flu Clinic’s traffic.


After Irma Precautions

Hurricane/tropical storm Irma is no longer a threat but recovering from the storm will take weeks, and even longer in some parts of the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to use extreme caution particularly in the next few days as residents return to their homes, power is restored and damage assessments are made.

Be careful near damaged buildings

  • Do not return to your home until you are told it is safe to do so.
  • Return during daylight hours, when it is easier to avoid hazards, particularly if the electricity is off.
  • Do not enter your home if you are unsure of structural integrity.
  • Leave immediately if you hear shifting or unusual noises.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, notify emergency authorities or the gas company immediately and leave the area.

Stay away from power lines

  • Stay clear of fallen power lines – be particularly careful of power lines that may be hidden in fallen trees and branches.
  • Watch out for power lines dangling overhead.
  • Report downed power lines to emergency authorities or the power company immediately.

Avoid floodwater

  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
  • Don’t drive through floodwater – it may be deeper than you think.
  • Keep in mind that floodwater often carries germs. If you touch it, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. If you don’t have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors and windows.
  • Install battery-operated or battery backup CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home

Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat

  • When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Throw away food that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
  • Throw away perishable foods (including meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) in your refrigerator when the power has been off for four hours or more.
  • Thawed food that contains ice crystals can be refrozen or cooked. Freezers, if left unopened and full, will keep food safe for 48 hours (24 hours if half full).
  • Throw away canned foods that are bulging, opened or damaged.

Check water quality

  • Listen and follow all drinking water advisories and use bottled water when in doubt.
  • Do not drink water from private wells that have/may have been flooded.
  • Disinfect all private wells that may have been flooded before drinking water.

Protect yourself from animals and pests

  • Floods can bring mosquitoes that carry disease – use insect repellent with DEET or Picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label directions.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants and socks when you’re outside.
  • Stay away from wild or stray animals after a storm – call 911 or your local public health department to report them.

Prevent mold

  • Protect yourself by wearing gloves, masks and goggles.
  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings and paper products) within 24-48 hours.
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or floodwaters within 24-48 hours.
  • Ventilate by opening all doors and windows.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

For more safety information click here.

 

Report Damage

You can now self-report basic information about damage to homes, businesses, and public facilities by clicking here​. This site can be accessed on mobile or desktop.

Troup County Teen Maze 2017  

October 25 – October 26

8 am.-2 pm.

Troup County Teen Maze

900 Dallis St, STE A

LaGrange, GA 30240

TEEN MAZE is a community-wide event where Troup County 9th graders get to experience REAL consequences to REAL life situations they may face.

Volunteers Needed! 

You can make a difference.  Download Forms:

Volunteer Protocol 2017

Volunteer Application Form 2017

Background Check

Please return forms via email, fax, or mail to:

TiShari McFarland, MPH

Troup County Health Department

900 Dallis Street, Suite A

LaGrange, GA 30240

email: troupteenmaze@gmail.com

fax: 706-845-4284

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. A bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord usually causes the swelling. However, injuries, cancer certain drugs and other types of infections also can cause meningitis. It is important to know the specific cause of meningitis because the treatment differs depending on the cause.

 

Signs and Symptoms

Meningitis symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. There are often other symptoms, such as

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Photophobia (increased sensitivity to light)
  • Altered mental status (confusion)

In newborns and babies, the meningitis symptoms of fever, headache, and neck stiffness may be absent or difficult to notice. The baby may be irritable, vomit, feed poorly, or appear to be slow or inactive. In young babies, doctors may also look for a bulging fontanel (soft spot on infant’s head) or abnormal reflexes. If you think you, your baby or child has any of these symptoms, call the doctor right away.

For  more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html

District 4 Public Health Attends the ACPM Conference 2017

Special Thanks From Carroll County Health Department!

Georgia Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting & Conference Award Winners

Mrs. Norma D. Phillips was awarded the Fred Agel Governance Award at our GPHA annual meeting held on April 11-12, 2017. 

Mrs. Phillips has been active in Public Service for more than 50 years.  In addition to her service on the Board of Health, she has also served as Justice of the Peace for 15 years and county Commissioner for 4 years. She continues her involvement today by serving on the Community Action for Improvement -Emergency Assistance Program for food, shelter, and heating. Mrs. Phillips has been a member of this board for over 21 years and Chairperson for 10 of those years.  Mrs. Phillips has demonstrated outstanding commitment and unprecedented efforts to ensure only the best for her community. All anyone has to do is say, “Ms. Norma, we need some help,” and she responds with, “Alright, what do you need?”

 

Carla Heath was awarded the Administration Outstanding Service Award at our annual GPHA meeting & conference on April 11-12, 2017.

With over 22 years of service, Carla currently serves as the County Operations Manager where she serves as the Administrative liaison for all 12 counties in District 4. Carla’s ability to reduce waste and streamline processes is allowing her to assist the Administrative staff to prepare for accreditation.

2016 County Health Rankings

We are excited to announce that the 2016 County Health Rankings and Road maps has been released!

Please click here to compare the twelve counties that District 4 Public Health proudly serves.