City Health Officer Explains “Balancing” Continued COVID Restrictions

Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa appeared on a local radio show, discussing the City’s continued effort to balance public health concerns as they reduce COVID-driven restrictions, while still attending to caseload and illness data.

In her WBAL Radio interview, Dr. Dzirasa made an artful case for the need to consider local factors and data as each jurisdiction evaluates their own ability to “re-open” and remove restrictions on capacities and certain activities.

From the WBAL website:

“We would certainly encourage people to continue the public health guidance, but also encourage people to get vaccinated because that does offer us a level or some sense of a return to normalcy,” Dzirasa said.

Dzirasa also stated that only 28% of city residents are fully vaccinated, and 40% have received at least one dose. She notes the city is trying to increase that number

“We want to balance public health and public safety,” Dzirasa said.

Dr. Letitia Dzirasa joined Baltimore City government as the Commissioner of Health in March 2019. Dr. Dzirasa, a Hopkins trained pediatrician, believes that equitable care is basic right for all and will tirelessly advocate for programs that support the overall health and wellbeing of all Baltimore city residents. Dr. Dzirasa’s special interests include obesity management and prevention, trauma informed care in children and adolescents, and expanded use of technology to improve health outcomes.

Listen to the full interview on the WBAL radio website.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties