"[We're] seeing three times as many patients from Putnam County this month than we did, say, in May, when they were still open," Kirk said.
Three health-care facilities in Putnam County also have offered to see patients for the health department for the time being, she said.
Kirk said Putnam residents soon would be able to reach the health department by calling the former office's phone number, 304-757-2541. So far, there have been glitches that kept that phone number from ringing through to the Kanawha-Charleston department. Kirk hopes to have the phone issues worked out in the next day or so.
Putnam residents also may call the Kanawha-Charleston department directly, at 304-344-KCHD.
Once the Putnam health department has a permanent location, Kirk said, she wants health officials there to be more involved in the community.
"We [at Kanawha-Charleston] do a lot of health fairs," Kirk said. "We want to do the same thing there."
In other business:
• The Kanawha-Charleston department is the recipient of the Dr. Marie Fallon Leadership Award from the National Association of Local Boards of Health.
• The Kanawha health board unanimously re-elected Brenda Isaac to board president.
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.