Local health officials say the studies are helping to confirm decisions about COVID-19

The departure of the head of the St. Clair County Health Department this month sheds new light on an old question about the agency’s remaining staff.

How successful are they in responding to the coronavirus?

Local health officials said they believe the latest assessment of the community health needs of St. Clair County community gives early credibility to the way they have made decisions all along – including the issuance of two conflicting COVID orders over the past year.

“This has always been our last question,” said Dr. Annette Mercatante, a former county medical officer. “We go through the risks, the benefits, blah, blah, and then what is the right thing to do?”

Mercatante, whose contract expired this month, and the health ministry have been targeted for criticism and repulsion by a group of angry residents, especially parents with school children, who opposed the 2002 temporary school mask mandate and the quarantine order. in 2021

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