Dr. Acton Steps down..Could there be repercussions?????
The decision by Ohio Health Department director Doctor Amy Acton to resign came as somewhat of a surprise but could have been expected. Dr. Acton said she wanted to take some time off prior to assuming her new roll as Governor Mike DeWine’s chief Health advisor. Even her sharpest critics have to admit that she did a very good job mobilizing Ohioans to take necessary steps to control the spread of the Coronavirus as the pandemic was in it’s infancy back in March, and the vast majority of Ohioans were willing to adhere to restrictions that dramaticly effected our lives that she authored or approved 3 months ago. Dr. Acton clearly identified early on efforts to flatten the virus curve and avoid a surge in cases, but as the weeks dragged on the chorus of opposition to the continuing mandates, and the administrations unwillingness to ease them more rapidly in areas like ours continued to grow louder, many of the strongest voices coming from state lawmakers and officials in Dewine’s own Republican party. The last minute decision to cancel the March Primary election and long and cumbersome lists of regulations governing everything from public dining to dancing at weddings resulted in some of the sharpest criticism that she faced. What Dr. Acton’s departure will mean to the fate of restrictions that are still in place is uncertain, but hopefully her successor will be able to more clearly identify what the state’s End game is when it comes to Covid 19. When Ohioans are given clearly defined goals we generally will do everything we can to meet them, like avoiding the surge and flattening the curve. That’s the way I see it.