CURRY COUNTY, Ore. -- A Curry County townhall meeting discussed the full transfer of Curry County’s public health services to the Oregon Health Authority by July 1, 2021.
The transfer of responsibility will ensure access to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services and inspection of Curry County facilities.
There are two primary programs under OHA including drinking water services and the food, pool and lodging and health safety program.
Oregon is to enforce the federal safe drinking water act and regulate specific state level systems that don't meet the criteria for the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Curry County residents had some concern over how many new staff members would be hired to facilitate services. The administrator for the Center for Health Protection says only one additional hire has been made to cover inspections in Curry County.
Staff with WIC services say a part time position may need to be filled for additional local services. The OHA adds that more challenges could arise as it navigates the takeover.
OHA is contracting with Josephine County and partnering with local organizations to make public health determinations.
Locals can continue to call and text Curry WIC services for assistance and contact the Curry County sheriff in case of public health emergencies.