YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — California’s first recorded COVID-19 demise, intense political stress, and bodily threats. All of these occasions occurred simply months after Dr. Aimee Sisson took the job as Placer County’s Well being Director.
“I don’t suppose there may be going to be an even bigger public well being disaster,” defined Sisson. “I believe what the state failed to understand was the quantity of political stress on native well being officers.”
Her well being orders, seen as strict by some, had been challenged and even made her a goal for threats.
“Some are imprecise and veiled. I’ve acquired not less than one which referred to as for bodily hurt to me,” she stated.
Because the county well being officer in a politically conservative space, Dr. Sisson says it was when the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind their emergency well being order in September, claiming herd immunity was a greater technique, she determined it was time to go away.
“Understanding the place your individual limitations are…the place I might say that’s not an appropriate compromise that might violate my integrity, and realizing that, is the time to stroll away,” she stated.
Sisson stated she has seen politics and science collide via the general public and native politicians’ response to the pandemic.
“We aren’t all working from the identical set of details and I believe that makes it very troublesome to persuade individuals of reality once they search alternate sources of their very own,” Sisson stated.
Whereas different county officers have retired or stop, Sisson who’s now main Yolo County’s response to the virus, says that was by no means an possibility.
“It’s extra of a calling than a job,” she defined. “That is what I wish to do. I really feel like that is the place I’m alleged to be.”
Sisson stated the largest lesson the state has discovered was that it re-opened too quickly. As we method the second wave with most counties within the restrictive purple tier, Sisson believes the state’s rollbacks are important to transferring ahead.
“We’ve got a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel now and I believe for the general public to understand we don’t have to do that ceaselessly however we do should maintain doing this now,” Sisson stated.
Yolo County is likely one of the few counties that impose fines for companies that don’t comply with well being orders. They’ve solely issued round 4. Sisson stated that’s as a result of the world is essentially following the principles. For individuals who don’t, she says, an academic method has been simpler.
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