New ODH director announced as Ohio sets record for new COVID-19 cases

Gov. DeWine updates Ohio’s COVID-19 response

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has its newest director in Stephanie McCloud.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced McCloud as the new director on a day when Ohio reported its single highest number of new COVID-19 cases with 4,961.

McCloud previously served as the director at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

Of McCloud, Gov. DeWine said, “she has the experience necessary to lead ODH as it carries out its important health functions while also battling the pandemic.”

The ODH has searched for a replacement ever since the previous director, Dr. Amy Acton, stepped down in June. Acton left to take on the role of Ohio’s Chief Health Advisor.

Gov. DeWine thought he found Acton’s replacement in September when he named Joan Duwve as the director.

However, hours later after announcing Duwve as director, she withdrew her name for consideration of the position.

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