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Residents Urged To Plan For Health Department Office Closing

While converting to an electronic health records system, the Logan County offices of the Arkansas Department of Health will be closed for a four-day period and then be operating below capacity while employees get accustomed to the new software.

In Booneville the office will be closed from Aug. 6-9, which is the final week before the 2013-2014 school year resumes. The Paris office will be closed July 23-26.

In both cases, Health Department officials says, once the office has reopened, it will only be working at 30 to 50 percent capacity.

“I cannot stress to you the importance of getting you’re your child in early to get any required immunizations or services,” a letter sent from ADH to faculty, parents and students states, “The Health Department will not be able to accommodate large numbers of people during the training period, and it could last well into September.”

School officials are hoping parents will take note of the pending closure because of shot requirements for students. For example, all students entering seventh grade are required to have, and provide documentation of, particular immunizations by state law before they can enter school.

“If you need a copy of your child’s current shot records or have questions about their records, please bring a photo ID into either unit and we will be happy to help you,” the letter states. “By law we cannot give this information to you over the phone.”

The health department can be reached in Booneville at 675-2593.

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