Written By: Ishton W. Morton – June 12th, 2020
On Thursday June 11th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio’s state health director has resigned effective immediately. during the State’s Coronavirus Crisis Dr. Acton has achieved prominence in the state as she became a household name.
Accordingly, DeWine said, Acton shall continue to be the governor’s chief adviser on health issues, Lance Himes, the Ohio Department of Health’s general counsel who briefly served as state health director twice under former Governor John Kasich, shall become the interim director.
Reportedly, when asked why she has resigned Acton responded, “the decision to resign is “something I’ve been struggling over the last couple of months.”
Also, she added, her routine during the past couple months, which involved getting up at 4:00 A.M. to read and catch up at the same going to bed late, “wasn’t a sustainable thing.” However, the conditions under which she was serving was not normal. Everyone were struggling.
Moreover, Acton said with the state reopening, Ohio is entering a new “phase” of learning to resume life with the coronavirus.
She continued to say, “I think there is a sort of natural shift that is occurring here that makes it sort of a good time so I can refocus.”
Acton is saying “it’s sort of a good time so I can refocus.” But she may be looking at the writing on the wall as such states as North Carolina is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations during its second phase of reopening, forcing the state’s health director to contend with the idea of a second shutdown. Could it be that she knows something that the rest of us do not know. Heaven help us all! Could it be that the worst is yet to come?
However, Governor DeWine said, he has tried in vain to convince Acton to stay as director, and he praised her “wise advice and counsel” and “extraordinary bedside manner” since he appointed her last year.
Besides, Acton has drawn wide admiration in Ohio, as well as around the nation, for her appearances during DeWine’s daily coronavirus briefings, providing easy-to-understand analysis and information about the virus in a calm, soothing voice, and passionately pleading with Ohioans to stay at home and take other precautions. Bobbleheads and cartoons have been made featuring her.
An April poll found almost 64% of Ohio’s registered voters had a favorable opinion of Acton, and almost 84% said they trusted the coronavirus information she was providing.
Although Ohio Senate rejects House plan to limit Dr. Amy Acton’s authority. Or Under the changes the House made to SB1, Ohio Department of Health orders would be limited to 14 days, and could only be extended if approved by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, a legislative oversight committee. Could it be that this piece of legislation persuaded her decision.
Nonetheless, as the DeWine administration has moved in the past six weeks to lift the state’s “stay-at-home” and business-closure orders, Acton and the Ohio Department of Health have become increasingly sidelined. Starting last month, the governor turned to a number of “working groups,“ composed of business people and experts, to determine how various sectors of Ohio’s economy will reopen.
Also experts believed that Acton has become a lightning rod of criticism from opponents of the DeWine administration’s coronavirus orders, who claimed she overestimated the deadliness of the coronavirus and overreached her authority in ordering closures.
Ironically, when she was questioned as how she felt about the criticism, Acton replied “any human being” would be affected by the backlash, especially as she has never run for public office.
She continued to say; “for anyone doing this job, you’d be surprised how much a lot of that isn’t your focus. For me, my focus is the need to protect Ohioans and save lives was so intense, especially during those first days (of the crisis). I can honestly say, it’s, like it had to be a single point of meditation on the task at hand, and that remains that.”
Subsequently, Dr. Amy Acton was named health director in April 2019, and becoming the final member of DeWine’s cabinet by appointment.
Furthermore, before joining the DeWine administration, she most recently served as a community research and grants administrator at the nonprofit Columbus Foundation.
Reportedly, Dr. Amy Acton is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. She was described she growing up abused, neglected, and occasionally homeless. Thusly, she attended Youngstown State University, and she paid her own way to achieved a medical degree from what is now Northeast Ohio Medical University, followed by a master’s degree in public health from Ohio State University.