California’s public well being director, Dr. Sonia Angell, abruptly resigned late on Sunday after lower than a 12 months on the job. In a letter to her colleagues on the California Division of Public Well being, she cited “my very own plans to depart from my place,” however didn’t give a selected purpose for leaving.
Her departure comes after a malfunction in the main disease reporting system that omitted as many as 300,000 test results. The issues clouded the general image of the virus’s development in California, which has had 10,365 deaths associated to the virus, third within the nation after New York and New Jersey, and 563,244 confirmed instances.
“Since I joined this division as Director and State Public Well being Officer in October 2019, we’ve got been responding to emergencies, from e-cigarette and vaping-associated lung damage to the general public security energy shutoffs and wildfires, and now to a worldwide infectious illness pandemic,” Dr. Angell wrote within the letter. “It’s with deep appreciation and respect for all of this work that I share with you my very own plans to depart from my place, efficient at the moment.”
The Division of Public Well being issued a one-sentence assertion from Gov. Gavin Newsom on her departure: “I wish to thank Dr. Angell for her service to the state and her work to assist steer our public well being system throughout this world pandemic, whereas by no means dropping sight of the significance of well being fairness.”
The division mentioned on Monday that Dr. Angell had been changed by two individuals: Sandra Shewry, a veteran public well being official, is now performing director of the Division of Public Well being, and Dr. Erica Pan, the previous chief well being officer of Alameda County, is now performing state public well being officer. In her position in Alameda County, Dr. Pan had clashed with Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and head of Tesla, over plans to reopen the corporate’s automobile manufacturing unit in Fremont, Calif.
Well being officers throughout the nation have come under intense pressure through the pandemic, and a few have been subjected to harassment, private insults and demise threats.