Dr Amy Acton resigns amid backlash against Ohio’s lockdown after leading coronavirus fight
VT says “Thanks Amy, you saved lives”
Her home was surrounded by neo-Nazi anti-lockdown thugs with AK 47s and anti-Semitic smears. As the nation faces a resurgence of COVID 19 and begins the inexorable move toward 325,000 deaths, those who did their jobs with honor and decency will, increasingly, become targets of GOP election year desperation.
Guardian: Ohio doctor won widespread praise for her assessments of the pandemic, but also faced lawsuits and protests for pushing for lockdown orders
Dr Amy Acton, the health director who helped Ohio’s Republican governor earn glowing reviews for his pandemic response, has resigned after facing an intense backlash over her role in the state’s lockdown measures.
Acton has been a high-profile figure in Ohio’s early and aggressive fight against the coronavirus, transcending the confines of the laboratory to appear daily on television screens during Governor Mike DeWine’s updates and issuing his administration’s health orders.
“It’s true not all heroes wear capes,” DeWine said at the news briefing at which he made the announcement. “Some of them do, in fact, wear a white coat, and this particular hero’s white coat is embossed with the name Dr Amy Acton.”
While Acton won widespread praise for her steady and detailed assessments of the pandemic, she also faced harsh and sometimes ugly pushback for her orders that contributed to the closing of businesses and kept people home for weeks. That backlash included lawsuits, a legislative effort to strip her of authority, and protests outside her suburban Columbus home that included some people carrying guns. Read more…