Welcome to the McIntosh County Health Department where we our public health team is dedicated to improving the health of those who live, work, and play in our county by preventing disease and illness, promoting health and well being, and preparing for and responding to disasters.
The McIntosh County Health Department offers services including:
If you have questions about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at the numbers listed below.
Hours of Operation*
Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*The McIntosh County Health Department is closed on the last day of every month for staff training.
Health Department and Environmental Health Office
1335 GA Highway 57
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331
Phone: (912) 832-5473
Fax: (912) 832-5509
McIntosh County Board of Health Meetings
McIntosh County Board of Health meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the McIntosh County Health Dept. located at 1335 Hwy. 57 in Townsend.
The following meetings have been scheduled for 2019:
BOH Meeting Minutes
McIntosh BOH Minutes Feb. 2019
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the McIntosh County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center’s Mobile Mammography Program to enroll women into BCCP, provide breast screenings, and offer free mammograms from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, at the Piggly Wiggly in Townsend. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost. (Women with private insurance can bring their insurance card and doctor’s order to get a mammogram).
No appointment necessary. For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program and eligibility requirements, go to GaCHD.org/bccp, or call the McIntosh County Health Department at 912-832-5473.
The McIntosh County Health Department now has flu vaccine available. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age, including pregnant women.
To make it even more convenient for residents to get vaccinated, a drive-through flu vaccination clinic will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on on Thursday, November 7, at the health department located on Hwy. 57 in Townsend. Cash, checks, credit/debit cards, most major insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare will be accepted.
It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body with protection against the flu. While getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, there are other things we can all do every day to prevent getting or spreading the flu:
For more information or to download the vaccine consent form ahead of time, go to www.gachd.org/mcintoshflu.
The McIntosh County Health Department is promoting creativity and literacy in young health department clients and preparing soon-to-be or new parents with tools to help prevent potential accidents in the home thanks to a grant from the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF).
CCGF grant funds helped purchase two heat-sensitive wall mounted film technology centers that allow small clients to use their imaginations to create imprints on the screen that will “magically” disappear. Funds also allowed the health department to purchase age appropriate books to be given to children who come to the health department for services.
The CCGF grant funding was also used to buy safety essential kits that are being distributed to parents and caregivers. The kits include cabinet and drawer latches that will prevent access to potentially unsafe areas in the house such as cabinets where household cleaners are kept; grip ‘n twist door knob covers that will help keep little explorers out of out-of-bound rooms in the house; and plug protectors that will prevent access to electrical outlets.
“Our clients have been so appreciative of the books, safety kits, and heat screens,” said McIntosh County Health Department Nurse Manager, Brooke Deverger, R.N. “If it weren’t for community partners like the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, we wouldn’t be able to provide these valuable assets to our clients and our community.”
Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 but the Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is open all year long. The Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is a list maintained by the health department of residents who may need transportation or medical assistance and have no resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. Residents must apply to be on the Registry. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.
It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.
To apply, residents can call toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344) and follow the phone prompts.
The application and authorization for release of protected health information can also be downloaded here:
McIntosh County Hurricane Registry Application (Word doc)
McIntosh County Hurricane Registry Application (PDF)
Protected Health Information Authorization
When both the Hurricane Registry Registration and Consent form and the Protected Health Information authorization forms have been completed, please take them to your health department, mail, or them to:
McIntosh Co. Health Dept.
Attn: Brooke Deverger, R.N.
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331
Those with functional or access needs – including children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, taking medication, dressing, bathing, communicating, transferring from bed to chair and chair to bed, and toileting – will be evacuated to a gymnasium type setting far enough inland so that they are safe from the storm. The accommodations at the shelter will be basic (a cot with 20-40 square feet of space, bathroom facilities, meals, etc.) and the shelter may be several hours away.
Those with medical needs – including those who need the help of trained medical professionals for things like IV medication or who may be dependent on a respirator or other medical equipment – may be taken to a healthcare facility which will likely be located several hours inland.
Anyone who lives in a nursing home, assisted living, or personal care facility is not eligible for the registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan. The Registry is truly a last resort but it is important that local emergency management agency and public health department officials have a list of residents who have certain needs and no other way to evacuate should that become necessary.
(Registry application updated 2018)