North Central Health District



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News from North Central Health District:

DPH Urges Parents to Talk to Their Pediatricians for Guidance During Baby Formula Shortage  

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents unable to find baby formula typically used for their child to contact their pediatrician about appropriate nutritional and safe feeding alternatives.

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WIC Farmers Markets Bringing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Central Georgia

Fresh Produce Available At No Cost to WIC Participants at County Health Departments

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Macon-Bibb County Health Department to Host Vision Clinic May 3

Macon-Bibb County Health Department will host a Vision Clinic in partnership with Prevent Blindness of Georgia on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Dr. Stephen Summerow will be on hand offering full vision exams and retinal exams. To be eligible for a full exam, you must be:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Uninsured

The health department will still serve those who are insured. If your insurance covers eye exams, we encourage you to bring your prescription to the vision clinic to receive low-cost eyeglasses. 

Macon-Bibb County Health Department is looking to help those who need an eye exam, eyeglasses, and those at risk of glaucoma and/or diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3 million people aged 40 or older in the United States has vision impairment and 1 million are blind. More than 8 million people have vision impairment caused by an uncorrected refractive error, such as nearsightedness or astigmatism. Early diagnosis and timely treatment can often correct vision impairment and slow the progression of some conditions.

The vision clinic will be on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Macon-Bibb Health Department located at 1600 Forsyth Street in Macon. Appointments will be required if you are uninsured. Please contact Joy Harris at 478-749-0139 to make an appointment. If you are insured and interested in low-cost eyeglasses, walk-ins will be accepted.

DPH Moves to Weekly COVID-19 Data Reporting

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is transitioning from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting.

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North Central Health District Locations Closed April 15 for Good Friday

North Central Health District’s 13 county health departments, offices and other locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 15, for Good Friday.

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Increased Reports of Overdoses Involving Drugs Mixed with Fentanyl

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.

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NCHD Investigating Houston County Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak

Houston County Environmental Health and North Central Health District Epidemiologists are investigating cases of gastrointestinal (GI) illness among people who attended the catered State of the Base event held March 1 in Houston County. Commonly reported symptoms linked to the event include vomiting, diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. 

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Request for Letter of Interest: Active Living Consultant

Creating an activity-friendly environment in the City of Sparta and Hancock County, Georgia

Deadline to submit Letter of Interest:  March 17, 2022 at 3 pm EDT

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Two COVID-19 Treatments No Longer Authorized for Use

Limited Efficacy Against Omicron

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North Central Health District Locations Closed Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

COVID-19 Testing Will Be Available at Two Locations By Appointment

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Baldwin County Health Department COVID-19 testing Relocating to Walter B. Williams, Jr. Park

Mako Medical Providing COVID-19 Testing at New Location Beginning Jan. 14

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North Central Health District New Year’s Holiday Hours

Offices Closed Jan. 3; COVID-19 Testing Available by Appointment at Select Locations

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DPH Urges Georgians NOT to Go to Hospital Emergency Departments for COVID Testing

To help keep hospital emergency departments open to treat medical emergencies, individuals seeking COVID testing should not go to hospital emergency departments, unless they are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring urgent medical attention.

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Child and Adult COVID-19 vaccine available! Now vaccinating ages 5 and older. Booster doses available for ages 12+. All 13 county health departments providing vaccines.See Schedule