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A public health officer in Placer County resigned on Wednesday, following its Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to unanimously end a COVID-19 emergency declaration passed on March 3.
“Today’s action by the Placer County Board of Supervisors made it clear that I can no longer effectively serve in my role as Placer County Health Officer and Public Health Director,” Dr Aimee Sisson wrote in her resignation letter, CapRadio reported. Her last day in the role will be September 25.
Sisson is the latest public health official to exit her role during the pandemic. Faced with political pressure and death threats from angry residents, more than 49 public health officials have quit or been forced out since April, Kaiser Health News reported in August.
“We cannot continue to keep our community shut down for some unknown amount of time as determined by the ever-changing metrics according to the Governor,” Placer County officials argued in a press release. “Health emergency declarations are obligated to be terminated at the earliest possible date that the conditions warrant and, based on the number of COVID-19 cases in our county, there is no longer a health emergency with regards to COVID-19 in Placer County.”
The area spans from Roseville in greater Sacramento to the shores of Lake Tahoe. As of Wednesday, the county reported 3,238 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths.
County supervisors also wrote claiming that most deaths are “not by COVID but with COVID,” saying that California is overestimating the virus death toll by counting those with underlying health implications.
Back in July, Placer County was asking visitors to stay away in the coming weekends, given the area’s high amount of weekend visitors, to make social distancing less difficult.
Other counties in California, including Riverside and Kern, have also rescinded their emergency declarations.
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