Louisiana Department of Health secretary resigns; led department through COVID-19

Louisiana Department of Health secretary resigns; led department through COVID-19
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Louisiana’s Department of Health Secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips has resigned, three years after she assumed leadership of the department at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday. 

Phillips’ resignation — the latest by an official in Edwards’ administration as the end of his term in the governor’s mansion nears — will take effect on Thursday. Longtime LDH attorney Stephen Russo will replace her atop the department, Edwards said in a statement. 

“Secretary Phillips is one of the hardest working, most capable, and most accomplished people I’ve ever met,” Edwards said.

He praised her handling of an “unprecedented” mass testing program and vaccine rollout and distribution efforts during the pandemic. But Phillips also made strides in areas like health equity and maternal mortality, the governor said. 

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