Placer health officer quits after county goes rogue

Placer County has rescinded the local health emergency it declared on March 3. The county is still beholden to state public health rules during the pandemic, but those too will go unenforced.

County Supervisor Bonnie Gore summed up the Board of Supervisors’ sentiments, saying: “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.” In a statement, the Board of Supervisors said new state metrics do harm to “the community’s economic, health, mental and social well-being.”

In response to the decision, Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson has resigned. Her departure is effective September 25. Sisson now joins a growing list of county health officers who have left their posts due to harassment and/or a lack of support from local leadership as they attempt to control viral spread.

“It is with a heavy heart that I submit this letter of resignation,” Sisson wrote. “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. I am grateful to have been granted the tremendous privilege and responsibility of protecting and promoting the health of Placer County’s 400,000 residents over the last 10 months.”


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