A Wisconsin senior public health official resigned Thursday amid rising Corona virus cases across the state of Badger.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed in The Hill on Friday that Public Health Administrator Stephanie Smiley has resigned as interim division and will officially leave on November 11.
Wisconsin DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems van Dijk will serve as interim state health officer. The Deputy Division of Public Health Administrator Chuck Warsaw will serve as the Interim Division Administrator.
The Wisconsin DHS said it is committed to ensuring smooth transition as we continue to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Smiley said in a letter to local health departments that he had taken a position outside the government and was proud of the work done by state officials to combat the corona virus.
“I fear the unquestioned courage and character of all of you. As a public health official, you need to repeat the bad news that causes fear, frustration, anxiety, and criticism. Despite this, you and your staff have risen to the occasion and continue to do whatever you can to fight, ”she wrote, according to a copy of the letter to The Hill.
“This will be my last update for all of you as I have taken a position outside the state service to focus more on my health and family, aspects of my life that I have long neglected. My last day with the department will be November 11, 2020, ”she added.
Wisconsin health officials have praised Smiley’s service to the state government following the outbreak of the corona virus. Van Dijk said he was indebted to the Wisconsinites.
“[H]As interim administrator for the public health department, we are dedicated to ensuring that our local and tribal health departments are well-informed and equipped to meet the needs of their individual communities, especially when responding to the largest public health crisis in Wisconsin history. We are all indebted to her lawyer, for her compassion and respect for public health, ”she said in a statement.
Wisconsin DHS-led shake-up as state grips worst corona virus outbreak in country. About 250,000 cases of corona virus have been confirmed in the state. On Friday alone, 6,141 new cases were registered. This is the new state record for ODI cases. In Wisconsin, 2,200 people have died from the virus Kovid Tracking Project.
Yours # COVID19_WI Update w / Record reported 6,141 cases, making us number 6k for the first time. The 7-day average came in at 5K, an increase of 515% in just 2 months. Before the weekend, check out the tips to stay safe in your community & #StopTheSread: https://t.co/kcBqlXhW35 pic.twitter.com/itXwGUMr8i
– WIDeptHealthServices (HDHSWI) November 6, 2020
With the worst eruption across the Midwest, the US has entered a new third wave of terror. Cases are expected to rise further in the winter, as cold weather forces people to congregate more indoors, where the virus spreads more easily.