Nasadra Wright, sanitarian supervisor for the health department, said the new rating system has been a success. She said businesses have contacted the department to arrange for special training to help them better comply with health codes.
In other business, Gupta said the health department needs to find other sources of revenue to supplement its HIV testing program.
State health departments no longer receive federal reimbursements for HIV testing and counseling services, following cuts in the Centers for Disease Control's budget.
Health departments previously were reimbursed $30 for each positive HIV test and $20 for each negative test to cover personnel costs. Those payments stopped after Dec. 31, 2012.
Gupta said his health department would lose around $20,000 a year now that the reimbursements have stopped. The department already supplemented its testing program at about $40,000 a year, taken from its general funds.
Gupta told the Daily Mail on Wednesday the department might have to cut back the number of days it performs tests. The health department currently offers HIV tests from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
He told health board members he is hesitant to cut hours, however, for fear of losing patients.
"That one person . . . because of their high-risk behavior, we will have an exponential rise in HIV cases in years to come," he said.