PORTLAND — The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced Rachael Banks as its new public health director.
She’s held the same position in Oregon’s most populous county since 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Banks will be tasked with leading the state’s public health division amid the coronavirus pandemic, while improving racial and ethnic inequalities. She starts Oct. 27 and is replacing Lillian Shirley, who had said she’s retiring.
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Lane County could return to Phase 1 of reopening
Lane County Public Health reported 37 more positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The county has had 1,276 total known cases of the virus.
Jason Davis, a spokesperson for Lane County Public Health, contrasted this increase in cases with a couple weeks ago, when daily