California public health director Dr. Sonia Angell resigns

Joanna Estrada
August 11, 2020

Dr. Sonia Angell, California's Public Health Officer, has resigned, effective immediately.

"As the first Latina in this role, I am very proud to have served this Department, Administration and our State, alongside all of you", Angell wrote in a letter shared by the Department of Public Health.

The state's Health and Human Services Agency has chosen two people to fill Angell's positions.

Her resignation letter released late Sunday doesn't explain her departure.

Angell's announcement comes after California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the test results glitch caused up to 300,000 records to be backlogged, though not all were coronavirus cases and some could be duplicates.

Update: California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office says they're running about 15 minutes behind, so today's COVID-19 press conference will likely start about 12:15 p.m.

Angell could not be reached for comment.

Dr. Erica Pan, whom Newsom appointed state epidemiologist in June, will become the acting state public health officer, Folmar said.

We reported that the public health department has been having major issues over the past week with its database system, the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange. The state eliminated the backlog over the weekend and counties will now be able to process the data, he said.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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