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DeWine announces new leaders at Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appointed Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation administrator Stephanie McCloud to lead the Ohio Department of Health, which has gone without a permanent director since June 11 when Dr. Amy Acton stepped down from the position (Source: “Coronavirus in Ohio: DeWine names new state health director, chief medical officer,” Cincinnati Enquirer, Nov. 5).

McCloud will take over as the state continues to break records for new COVID-19 cases heading into winter, which is expected to exacerbate the disease. DeWine previously prioritized finding a doctor with public health experience to lead the department. Now, he says, Ohio is in a different stage of fighting the disease and needs someone who can focus on administration.

DeWine also announced a new chief medical officer: Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, who served as senior vice president and chief medical officer at OhioHealth. Lance Himes, who has served as interim director, will continue with the health department as a senior deputy. Himes will lead the coordination of distributing a vaccine and will continue to work directly with Ohio’s local health officials.

On Friday, Ohio set yet another new record with 5,008 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, breaking the previous record set the day before (Source: “Ohio reports 5,008 new COVID cases, setting a new record,” Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 6). As of Friday, 2,170 Ohioans remained hospitalized with COVID-19, also a new record. Of that, 547 patients with COVID-19 were in the intensive care unit and 280 on ventilators, according to the state. Deaths rose Friday by 33, which is more than the three-week average of 21 new deaths reported per day. So far, the virus has killed 5,494 Ohioans, according to the state.