Acton steps down as Ohio's health director

Published: Jun. 11, 2020 at 2:58 PM EDT
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For months, Dr. Amy Acton has been the face of coronavirus briefings in Ohio, giving daily updates about the state's response. However, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a coronavirus briefing that she was stepping down as the director of the Department of Health.

DeWine said Acton told him she felt it was time for her to step away from that role. However, he said he has asked her to serve as his chief health advisor.

As of Thursday, Lance Himes, who served as a past Ohio Department of Health Interim Director, will again assume those same duties.

"No one is more passionate about public health than Dr. Amy Acton," said DeWine. "She always puts the health and safety of Ohioans first and foremost. Her knowledge, compassion, and determination have set an example for all of us, and Dr. Acton’s extraordinary bedside manner and wise counsel have helped us all get through this pandemic."

Gov. DeWine says Acton will take a "comprehensive" and "holistic" approach in her new role to address health and well-being for Ohioans.

DeWine says she will still focus on the coronavirus pandemic in that new role.

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