At least 303
public health department leaders have resigned, retired or been fired during the pandemic
20% of Americans lost a local public health leader in the past year and a half
Number of exits
US map showing blue dots representing local leader exit locations and orange dots representing state leader exit locations. The dots are spread all throughout the country, in nearly every state.
Data includes top state and local government public health officials who were fired, resigned or retired between April 1, 2020, and Sept. 12, 2021. Multiple top officials exited from some departments.
KHN and AP reporting