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Jackson County Health Department in search of health officer

Jackson County Health Department
Posted at 4:09 PM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 16:09:45-04

JACKSON, Mich. — COVID-19 cases have been rising in Jackson for weeks. To make matters worse, the Health Department has been operating without its health officer. Rashmi Travis left her post in March. She held the position since April 2019.

Rashmi Travis, former Jackson County Health Officer

In the interim, Debra Kubitskey has taken over. Kubitskey's background is in administration. According to state law a person can be appointed to lead public health without a health background for up to 6 months.

On the Jackson County government website it lists Health Officer as a vacant position.

I reached out to Debra Kubitskey and other county officials to see where they stand on hiring a new health officer to guide Jackson County out of the pandemic. We have not received a response yet.

COVID-19 rates are going in the opposite direction in Jackson. Data shows Jackson County has an 18.2 percent daily positivity rate as of April 2 and a 16.8 percent 7 day average.

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