California’s director of Public Health announced her sudden resignation on Sunday after the state passed 550,000 coronavirus infections.
The departure of Dr. Sonia Angell comes amid news that technical problems have resulted in low handling of coronavirus cases in California.
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Angell did not give a reason to resign in his resignation.
“As the first Latina in this role, I am very proud to serve our Department, Administration and State, along with all of you,” Angell wrote in a shared letter from the Department of Health. Public Health. [Mark] Ghaly and our Division Deputy Directors, Susan Fanelli and Brandon Nunes, have planned a smooth leadership transition. “
California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, appointed Angell to the role in 2019.
“I would like to thank Dr. Angell for her service to the state and her work to help direct our public health system in this global pandemic, while never hitting losing the importance of health equity, “Newsom said in a statement.
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Angell has two roles as director of the state Department of Public Health and as the state public health officer to be split between Sandra Shewry and Erica Pan. Shewry is the executive director of the California Health Care Foundation, and Pan was recently appointed a California State Epidemiologist and Deputy Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.