On Friday, California’s top health official was sent out by his boss to face the music.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, director of the state’s Health and Human Services Department, held a news conference and admitted that multiple errors on the state’s part had caused a backlog of 250,000-300,000 records in its case data reporting system. That system is used primarily to parse and distribute coronavirus data.
He apologized not just to the public but, obliquely, to his boss, Governor Gavin Newsom.
“We apologize,” Ghaly said on behalf of his staff. “You deserve better. The governor demands better.”