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By Michele Smith
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The Columbia County Public Health Department is making the move


February 11, 2021

Michele Smith

Columbia County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman stands inside a future office space at the new Public Health location at 112 North Street. With the completion of an extensive renovation, the new county health department offices will be open on February 22.

DAYTON-The Columbia County Public Health Department moves from 270 East Main Street to their new location at 112 North Second Street the week of Feb. 15, with plans for the department to be officially open on Feb. 22.

County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman said there are several benefits to making this move.

There is adequate space for all the staff to occupy the new offices while complying with current social distancing guidelines. Lanman said two department staff members are currently working out of the county Planning and Building office, and it will be nice to have them working inside the department, once again.

The large conference room in the building will allow ample space for COVID-19 contact tracing. There is also an upgraded medical grade freezer and refrigerator meeting the current COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

Lanman said it will be nice for the department to be closer to the courthouse and county commissioners' office.

"It feels right," she said.

The new building underwent a significant interior remodel, new landscaping, and installation of ADA compliant sidewalks.

The county paid $110,000 for the building in 2019. The cost of asbestos mitigation was $18,856. Funds provided to the county through the federal CARES Act were used to offset some of the cost.


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