• Matt Esnayra

CA Public Health Director resigns during COVID-19 Pandemic

California's Public Health Director, Dr. Sonia Angell, resigned Sunday, days after the state revealed a glitch in their computer system that caused mass delays in reporting coronavirus testing results used to determine the state's reopening plans, according to the L.A Times.


Angell's abrupt resignation occurs days after California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said a computer glitch caused mass underreporting of COVID-19 cases to be backlogged. The technical issue affected the secure computer system CalREDIE that the California Department of Public Health uses for electronic disease reporting and surveillance.

👉: According to the AP and Kaiser Health News, 49 state and local public health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired since April across 23 states


Dr. Sonia Angell was California's Public Helth Director for less than a year and often appeared with Governor Newsom during press conferences.

  • Dr.Angell didn't give a reason behind her resignation.

  • Sandra Shewry, vice president of external engagement for the California Health Care Foundation, will fill the role of acting health director, according to the AP.

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