Health Departments Across State Cutting Back
FRANKFORT, KY - Health departments across Kentucky will be cutting hours, requiring workers to take furloughs or laying staff off to deal with decreasing revenues.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that workers in Franklin County will take 12 furlough days while workers in Anderson County are going from a 37.5-hour work week to 34.5 hours. Meanwhile, Fayette County officials said last week they expect to lay off 25 workers.
The departments are grappling with a drop in state and local funding while still trying to meet their missions to improve and monitor public health.
Some of those responsibilities include tracking sexually transmitted diseases, monitoring infectious diseases, cancer screenings and inspections of restaurants and hotels.