California public health director resigns from department

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (AP) — The Head of California’s Public Health Department Dr Sonia Angell resigned late on Sunday, just days after the state announced a fix for a glitch that caused a lag in collecting coronavirus test information that’s used to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools.

Dr Angell said she was departing from her role as Director and State Public Health Officer at the California Department of Public Health in a letter to staff released by the California Health and Human Services Agency. Angell did not give a specific reason for her departure.

Vice President of External Engagement for California Health Care Foundation Sandra Shewry will fill the role of Acting Health Director. Dr Erica Pan, who was recently appointed state epidemiologist, will act as state public health officer.

Angell’s announcement comes after California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said the glitch caused up to 300,000 records to be backlogged, though not all of them were coronavirus cases and some could be duplicates.