Few people in Ohio knew who Dr. Amy Acton was prior to the coronavirus. It didn’t take long for her, though, to become a household name.
She was the calming voice that came on TV each afternoon and explained to us what was happening, why it was occurring, and how we needed to deal with it.
Soon, people were referring to her simply as “Dr. Amy.” For young girls, she was a role model like few others.
Ohioans owe her gratitude for all she did during that time period. As Gov. Mike DeWine said, “It’s true not all heroes wear capes. Some of them do, in fact, wear a white coat.”
We shouldn’t have been surprised, though, when she resigned as Ohio’s health director Thursday. She said her routine during the past couple months — getting up at 4 a.m. to read and catch up while going to bed late — “wasn’t a sustainable thing.” And the mood across Ohio had turned ugly as the pressure mounted on her – arguably, justifiable — to reopen the state more quickly. Lawsuits were filed against her and protesters, some carrying guns, demonstrated in front of her house.
Thus she joined the ranks of at least 27 other state and local health leaders who have chosen to leave or have been pushed out of their jobs.
Something, however, tells us we haven’t heard the end of Dr. Amy. Her calming demeanor makes her a natural for television. On Saturday morning, she appeared on a CNN town hall with Big Bird, Elmo and Grover from “Sesame Street” to educate children and parents about coronavirus safety.
Good luck, Dr. Amy.