What We Know About the Spokesperson For the Oregon Public Health Department
A spokesperson for the Oregon Health Authority says a public health employee was fired for “inconsistent behavior.”
The spokeswoman says the employee was accused of inappropriate communication with patients, and that she was terminated from her position after she was interviewed by the Oregon State Police.
The spokesperson says the incident was investigated by the department’s chief medical officer and the employee is no longer employed.
The spokesperson says that the department has launched an internal investigation.
It says the investigation is underway.
The Associated Press first reported the incident on Monday.
The AP is not naming the employee because the department says it does not comment on personnel matters.
Oregon Health Authority spokesman Steve McCausland says the Oregonian/OregonLive has not confirmed the employee’s identity.
A copy of the OHA’s personnel file is posted on its website.
The file says that “at no time did the OHCA have any evidence of misconduct.”
The spokesperson said the department was not aware of the alleged incident.
The OHA has been under scrutiny for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and the spread of the disease.
In July, an OHA health officer resigned after it was revealed that she sent an email to a patient complaining about the quality of care she was receiving.
The health department has been criticized for its communication with the public, including some instances in which it has failed to respond to a public record request.