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The Clay County Health Department is scaling back operations to accommodate patient load.
Previously open Monday through Friday, the department will now only operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The health department, located at 138 S. Division St., has begun closing on Wednesdays.
Hours of operation will remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an hour break from noon to 1 p.m.
The new schedule took effect Monday.
Mississippi State Department of Health Director of Communications Liz Sharlot said the decrease in hours will not decrease or change the centerâ€™s existing services.
Clay Countyâ€™s patient numbers will allow the clinic to accommodate the four-day schedule, according to Sharlot.
She said that nearby health departments in Monroe, Oktibbeha and Lowndes County are experiencing staff shortages, and on Wednesdays the staff from the Clay County department will be sent to those counties.
She said the health departmentâ€™s schedule will be reevaluated in six months.