COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff will hold a press briefing on Friday afternoon to discuss the potential need for additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for immunocompromised individuals.
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Dr. Vanderhoff's press briefing comes two days after he was named the new Ohio Department of Health Director, replacing Stephanie McCloud, who is returning to her role leading the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as administrator. The change will officially go into effect on Monday, Aug. 16.
“Working together as a team, Stephanie McCloud and Bruce Vanderhoff guided the Ohio Department of Health over the past nine months," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement. "I am pleased that Dr. Vanderhoff has agreed to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Health. His medical and organizational expertise will help the department as we move forward and continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. I would also like to thank Stephanie McCloud for her leadership of the Ohio Department of Health and look forward to her return to lead the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.”
The ODH's change in leadership comes amid growing concerns in Ohio and across the country regarding the Delta Variant of COVID-19. On Friday, Ohio reported 2,732 new coronavirus cases after reporting at least 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in each of the previous two days.