DOVER, Del. (AP)-Delaware’s top public health official, who led the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced that he will leave his job next month.
The News Journal reports that Dr. Karyl Rattay, the nation’s longest -serving director of public health, will step down on June 30 after leading the Division of Public Health for 13 years. It is unclear where he will work next and who he will replace. The state did not make Rattay available for an interview.
Rattay became one of the most public faces of the pandemic in Delaware. This past year, Rattay led COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts as a leading voice urging Delawareans to be vaccinated and motivated.
Rattay also oversaw the state’s response to the opioid crisis and was instrumental in the General Assembly raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. She also led state programs that resulted in a reduction in unintended pregnancies. and cancer deaths.
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