County given health department updates

Numerous health department updates were the main topic of conversation at the May 31 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout had many updates for the commissioners. 

She noted that Yvonne Vieregge, who most recently served as the health department’s interim administrator, will be retiring on July 31. Oathout said that she will be posting to fill the position soon, and they would like to have a registered nurse take the spot to help provide nursing oversight for some of the department’s programs.

In addition, Oathout reported that Mike Kennedy has asked to be removed from the board of health, so a replacement on the board is needed.

She also told the commissioners that they are in negotiations with the union and they are considering a memorandum of understanding to reschedule the office’s hours. Currently, the health department is closed an hour for lunch, but they would prefer to be open all day.

Oathout noted that the health department is offering a training for municipalities on mosquito larvicide on June 21. They have contacted all of the municipalities and there has been lots of interest. Once municipalities have at least one trained and certified representative, the health department can give them free mosquito larvicide briquettes.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.