The director of the California Department of Public Health announced her sudden resignation Sunday after the state exceeded 550,000 cases of coronavirus.
The departure of Dr. Sonia Angell comes amid news that technical issues have led to underestimation of coronavirus cases in California.
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Angell did not give her reason for coming down to her resignation letter.
“As the first Latina in this role, I am very proud to have served this Department, our Administration and our State, along with all of you,” Angell wrote in a letter shared by the Department of Public Health. “Through the Secretary [Mark] “Ghaly and our Deputy Directors Susan Fanelli and Brandon Nunes, the plans are in place for a smooth leadership transition.”;
Govin California, Govin Newsom, a Democrat, appointed Angell to the role in 2019.
“I want to thank Dr. Angell for her service to the state and her work in helping run our public health system during this global pandemic, never losing sight of the importance of health equity,” Newsom said in a statement.
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Angell’s dual role as director of the State Department of Public Health and as state public health officer will be split between Sandra Shewry and Erica Pan. Shewry is an executive at the California Health Care Foundation, and Pan was recently appointed California Epidemiologist and Deputy Director for the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.