Politics Part Of Crisis

In a discussion with Wasco County Commissioners on Wednesday about receiving assistance from the state during the coronavirus pandemic, out-going North Central Public Health District Executive Director Teri Thalhofer said she’s never encountered a public health response as politicized as what is currently taking place.  Thalhofer said during the H1N1 crisis a little over ten years ago, the Governor’s office didn’t weigh in much, but it’s different this time in respect to who is doing what, how things get framed, and what the information is.  She added some items have gone to legislative committees before being released.  Thalhofer is retiring and leave her position at the end of the month.  Shellie Campbell will serve as interim director while the search for a permanent replacement takes place.

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