Joel McKinney, who took over as administrator at the Putnam agency in February, has ended many nonmandatory programs, cut ties with some vendors and relieved some contract workers.
Dr. Sam Henson, medical director of the Putnam department, said while clinical services and school and flu vaccines will be available, the department has cut out shots for traveling overseas and other immunizations.
Haynes said the department has been trying to maintain health inspections with not enough employees.
Besides McKinney, who is trying to do the job of sanitarian and administrator, there is a sanitarian supervisor who has been conducting inspections, Haynes said. Another sanitarian was recently hired, but he won't be able to conduct inspections until a several-month training period is completed.
"Right now it's out of the question to consider hiring another [sanitarian]," Haynes said, noting based on population the county is supposed to have three.
According to West Virginia law, one of the duties of the Bureau for Public Health commissioner is "to monitor the administration, operation and coordination of the local board of health and local health officers."
"We'd welcome any help we can get -- guidance, anything the state could offer I'd welcome at this point," Haynes said.
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