Ohio 'not unique' in harassment of health officials, DeWine said

The following means "not unique": An Association of State and Territorial Health Officials official said the attacks on health officials were particularly severe in California, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

COLUMBUS – Ohio has been navigating the choppy seas of the coronavirus pandemic for three months without a health director at the helm.

After last week's hiring fiasco, it is clear that filling the role will not be easy.

The government of Governor Mike DeWine has been looking for a new director of the Ohio Department of Health after Dr. Amy Acton resigned unceremoniously in June. On Thursday, DeWine announced that the search was complete. Within six hours, the appointed Dr. Joan Duwve returned her name citing "personal reasons".

In a statement Friday, Duwve said she turned down the top ODH job Thursday because she learned that Acton's family had been publicly molested.

During Acton's tenure as health director, protesters at gunpoint struck in their Columbus suburb. Some of the protest signs contained anti-Semitic language; Acton is Jewish. Ohio State Representative Nino Vitale, R-85, went to Facebook to refer to Acton as a "globalist" who has long been an anti-Semitic arc.

Aside from a public reprimand to protesters for “coming to see me” instead, DeWine has said little publicly about the harassment of his former health director. The public reason for the Youngstown Native's resignation was barely recognized by his government.

In a press conference on Tuesday, DeWine did not address Duwve's reason for the withdrawal. But the harassment from Dr. Acton was the subject of conversation before Duwve took the ODH job, he said.

"I don't think Ohio is unique," DeWine said. "We have seen protests against governors. We have seen protests against health directors in this country. We firmly believe in the first amendment. You can demonstrate. You can protest. So I don't think we're in." any other position than any other state. "

Health directors across the country were deliberately urged by opponents to switch off measures and mask orders. Officials were selected based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and appearance.

Pennsylvania Director of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, has been the subject of repeated transphobic attacks.

In an article in the Washington Post, Lori Tremmel Freeman, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said harassment "seems tougher" on women.

Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said the attacks on health officials were particularly severe in California, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

When asked Tuesday whether the harassment from health officials poorly reflects the state, DeWine shook his head and said, "No."

"Look, we are a state of individuals," he said. "We are Midwestern. We are Ohioans. We are tough. We are strong. We are resilient and so are people who have strong opinions."

He called the job "a great opportunity to get involved in a great cause."

DeWine assured Ohioans that the Ohio Department of Health employs and works with experts, although there is currently no guide.

The people dealing with the state's response form "a very strong team".

"We really got in touch with our colleges and universities outside of the state government," DeWine said. "We brought a lot of people together and I think the public would expect that." We are in a battle. We are in a war. "

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• According to the latest figures Tuesday from Ohio Department of HealthThe state reports 139,485 confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus. 2,966 cases were confirmed or suspected Mahoning County;; 1.823 in Trumbull County;; and 1,900 in Columbiana County.

• There were 4,506 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 deaths nationwide, including 279 in Mahoning County;; 129 in Trumbull;; and 71 in Columbiana. Mahoning County 279 reported COVID-19 deaths were the fifth among the 88 counties in Ohio on Tuesday. Cuyahoga County had the most with 631.

• In nearby counties: Strong2,628 cases and 162 deaths; Portage1,015 cases and 65 deaths; and Ashtabula633 cases and 48 deaths.

• • Franklin County Judge Richard Frye Governed county electoral boards can install multiple secure dropboxes to accept voting slips via email. The Democratic Party of Ohio had filed a lawsuit arguing that state law allows multiple dropboxes State Secretary Frank LaRose Last month counties were banned from having more than one that would take place in county's electoral offices.

• According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health There are 146,214 COVID-19 cases in the state as of Tuesday, which has resulted in 7,875 deaths. The state said the recovery rate is 82 percent. 659 cases were confirmed or suspected Mercer County and 13 deaths; 487 cases in Lawrence County and 21 deaths.

• The federal district court postponed the trial of the New Middletown man who is alleged to have threatened gun violence Youngstown Jewish Community Center. James ReardonThe 21-year-old is charged with sending a threatening message and possessing a firearm to promote a violent crime.

• • The Youngstown Rotary Club donated $ 10,000 for the Robinson Shuba memorial statue. The bronze statue, set to be unveiled in 2021, shows the handshake from 1946 at home between Jackie Robinson, the first black player to compete in mainstream professional baseball, and his white teammate from Youngstown, George Shuba.

• • The Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, has announced its 2021 season and autumn virtual theater courses. The 2021 season will include "The Color Purple", "Marjorie Prime", "The Producers", "The Gone Away Place" and "Elf: The Musical".

• When Stambaugh Auditorium presents the silent film "The Phantom of the Opera" from 1925 with organ accompaniment October 25th, the event will get a new look. An audience smaller than usual will see it live due to the pandemic requirements, but the show will also be streamed live to other viewers.

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