My last two years on the Washington State Board of Health were spent with Bob Lutz as a fellow board member. I don’t know of anyone more dedicated to public health than he is and I find it incredible that he is being punished for actually doing his job. It appears that the new administrator and some SRHD board members feel this is a good time to add more confusion and risk to the public along with the increasing positive cases and hospitalizations. This should be a time for a united approach to controlling the virus that has devastated our country and economy without the specter of politics looming.
It should also be noted that now 2 of the last 3 physicians to serve as health officers have been fired or asked to resign which will make it extremely difficult to recruit any new person. He/she would have to ask themselves whether they would want to come work in such an environment.