Michigan county official quits over ‘politicization’ of public health

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – A county well being officer pissed off with the “politicization of public well being” throughout COVID-19 is quitting her job in southwestern Michigan.

Courtney Davis has been the interim well being officer in Berrien County since July when she was promoted from deputy. Communications supervisor Gillian Conrad can also be resigning, The Herald-Palladium reported.

Davis ordered masks in native colleges to scale back the unfold of COVID-19, although the order was dropped Sept. 29 when the well being division believed its state funding can be in jeopardy. She mentioned on the time that it was “appalling” that cash was tied to masks insurance policies.

Davis mentioned it has been an honor to work for the division for practically 5 years.

“Nevertheless, with the politicization of public well being through the pandemic, I can now not successfully do my job and serve the group with its well being and security at all times on the forefront,” she mentioned.

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Davis’ final day is Nov. 3.

In stepping down, Conrad mentioned the pandemic had taken a “vital toll” on her psychological and bodily well being.

County Administrator Brian Dissette mentioned there was just one applicant for the job of everlasting well being officer, a task that Davis was serving on an interim foundation.

He mentioned he knowledgeable the state well being division in regards to the vacancies to attempt to add extra “horsepower” to the search.

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