Dr. Richard Pan Makes Statement on Governor’s Executive Order to Protect the Personal Information of Public Health Officers

September 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento area, made the following statement in support of the Governor’s Executive Order to protect Public Health Officers from personal threats and attacks:

“Public safety requires that public health officials make recommendations based on science, free from intimidation, and I applaud the Governor for protecting California’s Public Health Officers so they can do their job to protect the public. During the COVID-19 emergency, extremists opposing efforts to halt the spread of coronavirus; including wearing masks, contact tracing, and vaccination; have tried to intimidate local health officers including publicly disseminating the home addresses of public health officers and appearing at their homes to threaten their family members.  Nationally, over 50 public health leaders have resigned, retired or have been fired since April 2020. Public health officials shouldn’t have to choose between their personal safety and the public’s health and the Governor’s Executive Order will not only protect the leaders of our fight to stop COVID-19, but all of us as well.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Richard Pan authored SB 483 to prevent the home addresses of public health officers from appearing in Department of Motor Vehicle records that could be accessed by members of the public. 

 

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Dr. Richard Pan is a parent, small business owner, former UC Davis educator and pediatrician who represents Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County in the state legislature and is the Chair of the Senate Health Committee. As a legislator, Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at WellSpace Health Oak Park Community Clinic, pursuing his passion for working with families to build healthier communities.