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You can voice your opinion on county adjustments to rabies rules

Hall County needs to revise its rabies regulations to align with state policy, and residents can provide feedback at two public hearings this month.

The new state rabies rule specifies that county boards of health and their designated rabies control officers are responsible for rabies control. County boards of health are required to manage situations when both animals and people have been exposed to rabies.

The proposed regulations for Hall designate the animal control director and all employees appointed by the animal control director as rabies officers for the county. This is already how the county handles rabies cases.

Anyone whose animal may have been exposed to rabies should contact Hall County Animal Control.

Hall’s first case of rabies in 2019 was confirmed Jan. 10 in Oakwood. There were nine cases in 2018.

Officials will hear comments on the updates at public hearings at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 and 1 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Hall County Government Center.

The regulations would apply to all areas of Hall, including municipalities. Kelly Hairston, manager of environmental health for the county, said the rules would go into effect 30 days after being approved by the Board of Health.

Vaccines for rabies are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.

Public hearings on rabies regulations

When: 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 and 1 p.m. Jan. 29

Where: Hall County Government Center Environmental Health Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville