Department of Human Services

Joining Forces to Serve You Better

In February 2014, Richmond County Health Department and Richmond County Department of Social Services, consolidated agencies and is now know as Richmond County Department of Human Services (DHHS). The consolidation of both agencies is an effort by the Board of County Commissioners to improve service delivery and efficiency for the citizens of Richmond County.
Our goal is to always remain patient, client, client and consumer centered in the delivery of our services. Our governing board and staff are very excited about the quality improvement initiatives and efforts to better serve you, the citizen.
The agency's shared vision is to promote a community and environment that is safe, healthy, and economical stable.

Tommy Jarrell, Director of Health and Human Services
Robby Hall, Director of Social Services

Richmond County Health Department
127 Caroline Street
Rockingham, NC 28379


September 14, 2017

A seventh case of rabies has been reported by the Richmond County Health Department since late September of 2015.  A fox, located on Mandella Lane in Rockingham was sent to the NC State Laboratory of Public Health on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 for testing.  The fox attacked a local woman on her property on September 11, 2017.  The State Lab has confirmed that the fox has tested positive for rabies.  The lady attacked is currently under treatment.

Dr. Tommy Jarrell, Health Director, is urging everyone to be very cautious when they are near animals they do not know and to ensure that their own  dogs or cats over the age of four months are up-to-date with their rabies vaccine as required by North Carolina Law.  Due to several positive cases now identified in Richmond County, future testing will only occur for animals with known contact with people or domestic animals.

Learn About Risk From Radon

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family

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