- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Five county health department locations across Oklahoma will close July 1 as a result of the state budget crisis.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1YmoJek ) reports that closing the locations is one of many measures the health department has taken as it’s expecting more budget cuts in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The health department cut $4.2 million from its budget earlier this year because of the state revenue failure. Closing the five sites will save the agency an additional $360,000.

The health department’s chief operating officer, Deborah Nichols, says the department still expects to see a 10 to 19 percent funding reduction for fiscal year 2017.

Nichols said at the board meeting Tuesday that employees who work at the locations that are closing will work at other locations in the same county.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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