COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – More than 40% of local public health leaders in Colorado have left their positions, mostly due to COVID fatigue. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports many of them oversaw rural areas including Baca, Bent, Rio Grande and Teller counties.
The exodus means some of the positions are being filled temporarily by people who often have little experience with public health. Some of the leaders’ complaints include being questioned, threatened with lawsuits and called names at community meetings.READ MORE: As Vaccine Rates Remain Low For Communities Of Color, Door-To-Door Campaigns Help Build Trust In Doctors' Advice
Many health experts say the search to find a qualified person to manage public health in rural areas can take a long time compared with more urban areas with a larger candidate pool.READ MORE: Police In Denver Collect Unwanted Medications On National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
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