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Orange County health officer quits after threats over mask order

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 12:43:48-04

SANTA ANA, Calif. — (AP) — Orange County's health officer has quit after receiving threats over an order that residents wear face coverings when near others in public to protect against the coronavirus.

A spokeswoman for the county's health agency says Dr. Nichole Quick resigned from her job late Monday.

Quick recently faced threats from residents opposed to her mask order that were denounced by the chair of the county's Board of Supervisors. The order was issued in late May to try to limit the spread of the virus as the county was reopening more businesses.

A similar order is in place in nearby Los Angeles County.