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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.


Context:

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

Backstory:

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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