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Calaveras County health officer resigns, cites ‘current political climate’

Citing the “current political climate,” the public health officer for Calaveras County is stepping down.

The resignation of Dr. Dean Kelaita this week came as the county announced five new cases of COVID-19. Of the five new cases, two are linked to an outbreak among residents of Avalon Health Care San Andreas.

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in his letter of resignation, Kelaita wrote:

“I have always strived to assist community leaders and decision-makers through providing unvarnished medical and scientific information, as well as technical expertise unbiased by subjectivity or partisan influence. Under the current political climate, this is no longer possible. Due to these considerations, I am resigning as Health Officer. I am confident that under the leadership of Health and Human Services Agency Director Kristin Stranger and excellent public health professional staff, they will continue to guide the community through the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the health

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SPORTS MEDICINE: Current chaos in keeping with 2020 | John Doherty

It is bad enough that the stands are empty. At this rate, the NFL’s rosters will soon be empty of stars.

While soft tissue injuries seem to be out of control among the pros, at least the NFL has a handle on COVID-19. Just ask the five head coaches fined $100,000 by the league for not wearing masks during their games. Pete Carroll (Seahawks), Vic Fangio (Broncos), Jon Gruden (Raiders), Sean Payton (Saints), and Kyle Shanahan (49ers) all have lighter wallets.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame has a lighter schedule — at least for now, thanks to the postponement of Saturday’s game with Wake Forest, the result of 23 players being unavailable, infected with COVID-19 or quarantined thanks to contact tracing.

The Irish are not alone at the college level. As the Big Ten and Mid-American Conference attempt to start an abbreviated season (with no bye weeks built in to accommodate COVID-related

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New Master of Public Health program at Eastern Michigan University will train professionals in areas related to current global health crisis

YPSILANTI, Mich., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eastern Michigan University is launching a new graduate academic program that will offer what is so clearly needed during the worldwide health crisis – vitally important public health training for professionals to partner with individuals and communities to prevent disease and injury and promote optimal health for all people.

The Master of Public Health program was approved by the EMU Board of Regents at its regular meeting Thursday, June 18.

“Public health encompasses the shared disciplines of health education, health promotion and overall community health, making the Master of Public Health degree a highly valued degree in terms of employment,” said Rhonda Longworth, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at EMU. “The current global health crisis as a result of COVID-19 is leading to greater interest in pursuing a public health degree.”

Longworth said the new

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