Coffey Co. Well being Officer resigns over masks dispute with Fee – WIBW

COFFEY CO., Kan. (WIBW) – The Coffey County Well being Officer has resigned, inflicting a disruption within the chain of well being look after residents.

The Coffey County Well being Division says it has canceled appointments and lower a number of providers as a result of resignation of the native Well being Officer earlier within the week.

Dr. John Shell stated his resolution on Monday adopted the Coffey County Fee’s vote to opt-out of the statewide masks mandate. He stated he additionally served because the county’s Well being Officer and Deputy Coroner.

In keeping with Dr. Shell, commissioners referred to as a particular assembly on Tuesday to debate the subsequent steps.

CCHD stated till a brand new medical guide is called, the well being division can’t do issues like immunizations, physicals or COVID-19 assessments.

Dr. Shell stated he volunteered in his position with the county for 15 years. He advised 13 NEWS on Thursday that staying on would have been hypocritical.

“I really useful to the fee that we comply with the governor’s mandate as I felt it was greatest for our residents. After they opted out I didn’t really feel I might stand by that call as it will be hypocritical to my stance. I had volunteered in that capability for 15 years however didn’t really feel I might assist selections which didn’t prioritize our citizen’s well being,” stated Dr. Shell. “I’d simply add the outpouring of assist for me and my household was very emotional.”

Dr. Shell’s resignation has sparked social media posts with an image of a face masks and the phrases “I’m with Physician Shell.”

Dr. Shell stated he’s overwhelmed by the assist.

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