After years of delays, a last-minute mold problem, and the COVID-19 shutdown, the Clayton County Health District says it will begin moving back into its 1117 Battlecreek Road location over the next month or so. However, the clinic will not be ready to see patients for a few more weeks.
Asked for comment, Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner said, “It’s long time coming, but hopefully that the end of that is at hand and we will get up and running and fully servicing the citizens once again.”
In a press release issued Thursday morning, CCHD said that, “Beginning August 3rd and for the next 1-2 months, the Clayton County Health District will be relocating several departments back to its 1117 Battlecreek Rd location in Jonesboro, GA. The CCHD WIC Department will close August 14-16 for relocation, the Forest Park Annex Clinic will be moving the week of September 4th, and our Ryan White program will relocate during the week of September 11, 2023. Our Dental Services will also be relocating soon. We look forward to continuing to offer all our clients the same high level of service you [have] come to expect. Please bear with us as we undergo these relocations. Be on the lookout for additional notices regarding our re-grand opening coming soon.”
Turner told The Clayton Crescent, “It’s not totally open yet, right? So I don’t want people to get up and start running down there and thinking that they’re going to be serviced. They are moving administrative staff in and they are getting the rest of the building ready. So hopefully, within the next 30 days or so, hopefully, everything will be back online and operational.
“It’s a long time coming,” Turner said. “The citizens of Clayton County have been waiting for a long time. The health department provides great service to the community. And for them to really have not had that type of service in such a long time, you know, because there’s been other locations throughout the county, where now they can go to one centralized location and they get comprehensive care in one spot. So that’s the value of what we’re having.
“But let me say this, even though it’s taken a long time to get this back online, they will be very happy with the improvements that have been made in the facility itself.”
In 2019, Turner, District 4 Commissioner DeMont Davis, county Board of Health members, and then-CCHD officials led a tour of the newly-renovated facility for members of the local news media. Some of the highlights included negative-pressure rooms for people with tuberculosis and a playroom for young children.