Clayton County Board of Health reopens after malfunction - CBS46 News

Clayton County Board of Health reopens after malfunction

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The Clayton County Board of Health building has reopened Tuesday after it was forced to shut down because of a power failure.

As many as 350 families use the clinic for child immunizations, health screenings and several other programs. A power outage disrupted those operations on Monday.

A storm had apparently knocked out power to the building, located on Battlecreek Road in Jonesboro. Families and patients who showed up were turned away. They were told there was no power, internet connectivity or phone service, and the facility was unable to operate.

A spokesman for the Clayton County Board of Health told CBS46 the building has a backup generator, but it's only strong enough to refrigerate the vaccines. It's not strong enough to power the whole building, he said.

Georgia Power crews worked throughout the day to restore power to the building.

The facility reopened at 8 a.m.

Georgia Power spokesperson Ashley Stukes West released this statement Monday regarding the issue:

“We are aware of the outage at the Clayton County Board of Health that began around 9 a.m. due to an equipment failure. The outage is limited to that facility. Georgia Power crews onsite are working to replace the equipment as quickly and safely as possible. We believe severe weather may have caused the equipment failure and outage. We estimate the equipment may be replaced and power restored late afternoon or early evening.”

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