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COVID-19 booster only currently offered for immune compromised individuals

If you are an immune compromised individual, you can now get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Whitley County Health Department, but those are currently the only people who can get a third dose there. “We are not doing boosters right now. We are only doing those immune...
Posted On 24 Sep 2021

Whitley County Health Department expanding garden, creating small food pantry

The Whitley County Health Department is looking to expand a small garden, which is planted in some raised beds behind the main office in Williamsburg and will go to help feed health department clients. Public Health Director Marcy Rein told the Whitley County Board of Health...
Posted On 21 Mar 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations will soon expand to jail inmates, homeless

The Whitley County Health Department is planning to switch the primary COVID-19 vaccine that it uses in a few weeks to one that requires only a single dose rather than two, and it is hoping to expand the vaccination program to lesser served groups after it does so. So far, the...
Posted On 18 Mar 2021

Whitley County Board of Health discusses COVID-19, other issues during quarterly board meeting Monday evening

As one might expect, much of the Whitley County Health Department’s focus in recent months has remained COVID-19, which continues to remain high in Whitley County. Whitley County’s seven day rolling average for its incidence rate as of Sunday was 45.7 cases per 100,000 people,...
Posted On 20 Nov 2020

Eventual COVID-19 vaccine will probably require two rounds of vaccination, health department director says

After a COVID-19 vaccine gets approved, you will probably need two rounds of vaccination. This was part of the message that Whitley County Health Department Public Health Director Marcy Rein delivered to the Whitley County Board of Health during its quarterly meeting Monday. Rein...
Posted On 24 Sep 2020

Whitley Co. Board of Health rescinds previous tax hike

So many people turned out for the Whitley County Board of Health’s quarterly meeting Monday evening that the board of health had to move its meeting to the parking lot of the Whitley County Health Department in order to allow for social distancing. In addition to about 10 board...
Posted On 23 Sep 2020

Whitley County Board of Health approves property tax hike that probably won’t happen

When it comes to property tax rates, there is some bad news and some good news for Whitley County property owners regarding their upcoming property tax bill this year or at least the portion of it that goes to the Whitley County Board of Health. First the bad news. During its...
Posted On 17 Jun 2020

Whitley Co. Health Department starts to detail program cuts

As part of a state effort to transform public health in Kentucky and make it more cost efficient – especially in light of pension costs that are expected to rise dramatically next year – the Whitley County Health Department is looking at what programs and services aren’t...
Posted On 20 Sep 2019

Whitley County Health Department told to prioritize services

With health departments across the state facing financial insolvency because of an increase in required payments to the state’s pension system, the head of the Kentucky Department of Health is transforming the way local health departments operate with the goal of stretching their...

Board of Health moves closer to naming new public health director

The Whitley County Board of Health has moved one step closer to naming a new public health director for the Whitley County Health Department. Read this story and more for just $.99 cents today, or subscribe to get access every day! Please login to view this content. Not a Member?...
Posted On 27 Mar 2019
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