The Sullivan County Health Department board approved a format and
officially released the June restaurant food inspection report during its
monthly meeting last Thursday.
"We did some research and figured out how long we had to wait to embargo
some of the results," Health Officer Dr. Michael Gamble explained. "Some of
the results were not allowed to be released for 10 days and after that we
could release them.
"We also had samples from three counties of how they do it.
"This is kind of the first sample," he continued. "Our thought was to bring
it to the board meeting and release it to the newspaper after that. The
board meeting is always after the 10th of the month, so we do the previous
month and we'll be following the 10-day embargo period."
Food inspections are ongoing, with 19 inspections completed in the month of
This was the format consensus approved by the board of the June report
submitted to the newspaper:
Food inspections, June 2021
• Sully's Steakhouse — Sullivan (3 non-critical).
• The Breakfast Place — Shelburn (4 critical, 6 non-critical). No dedicated
handwash sink. Eggs stored above Ready-To-Eat items in refrigerator. No
date marking of items in refrigerator. No date marking of items on counter
• Chum Chariot — Mobile (1 critical). No date marking of food item in
Ziploc bag (discarded).
• Sweet P's Agape Cafe — Sullivan (1 critical). Spray bleach measured too
strong with HD test strips (educated).
Establishments with no violations: Twisted Treats (mobile), Dollar General
(Hymera) and Nanny Boo's Kettle Corn (mobile).
Approved to open: Sweet P's Agape Cafe, Dollar General.
A short report on COVID-19 was presented by Public Health Nurse Kelly Wood,
who noted the county had gone from Blue status (lowest) to Yellow (next
lowest) the day before, which it still is currently.
She reported no large outbreaks currently and vaccination efforts are still
ongoing and encouraged. To register, go to ourshot.in.gov.
Gamble reported the SCHD's Tire Take Back three-day event in June was
Three semi trailers in total were filled with tires from the community. One
trailer provided by the Sullivan County Health Department was filled first.
Two additional trailers, both filled as well, were supplied by the Sullivan
Gamble thanked the Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency for donating
an electronic sign for the Health Department's use. It mounted and
operational above the department's front door on the courthouse square.
The June administrative report presented at the meeting: Birth certificates
(70), death certificates (121), septic permits (2), food permits 16 (10
temporary, 6 retail/mobile), vaccine ($352.72), PA processing ($20), copies
(4), June receipts ($3,583.72), receipts through June ($17,709.06).
The department has worked up its 2022 budget which will be submitted for
approval soon to the Sullivan County Council.
Part of that work was a review of the department's grants with explanations:
• Emergency Preparedness Grant ($25,000) — Used to pay Emergency
Preparedness Coordinator salary, EP supplies needed for emergency
situations. Has been used to pay salaries of vaccinators and staff needed
for COVID vaccine administration.
• Immunization Grant Extension 2021-2022 ($69,098) — Supplements full-time
public health nurse salary (half paid from Immunization Grant, half paid
from County Health Fund). This is also a continuation of their current
immunization grant. Pays salary to part-time public health nurse, vaccine
administration expenses, supplies and advertising.
• Immunizations and vaccines for children, COVID-19 vaccination supplement
3 ($42,798.15) — Newly acquired grant that will pay for COVID-19 vaccine
administrations that will be in conjunction with the current immunization
grant. Will be used to pay for salaries, equipment, supplies incurred for
• COVID grant ($40,320) — Grant executed to provide salaries, equipment,
supplies to administer COVID-19 vaccine. This was seed money to initiate
and initially maintain COVID vaccine clinic.
• COVID grant supplement clinic ($6,265.08) — Grant that was executed by
Health Department to provide a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic. This grant
helped pay salaries, supplies, equipment for providing a 2-day (first
Moderna shot, then second shot 28 days later) to the community.
• Vaccine Administration Fees (no set dollar amount) — This contract is
executed between the Health Department and the state to supply the Health
Department with a portion of the administrative fees that an insured
patient's insurance is being charged for receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.
These administrative fees will be used to further continued vaccination
efforts by pay for staff salaries, supplies and equipment needed.