Ian Hoffman will be Humboldt County’s next health officer, pending the Board of Supervisor’s confirmation Tuesday.
In a press release, the Joint Information Center said Hoffman is expected to step into the role recently vacated by Teresa Frankovich, who stepped down Tuesday after holding the position since January.
Hoffman holds a medical degree and a masters in public health from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers, according to the release, and comes to Humboldt County Public Health after stings at Kaiser Permanente in Portland and San Francisco, Open Door in Arcata, Southwest Community Health Center in Santa Rosa and La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. According to the release, Hoffman is an avid outdoor enthusiast and moved to Humboldt County to raise his children near extended family.
In the release, Hoffman noted that Humboldt’s COVID-19 response infrastructure is “robust and cohesive,” with much work already done to expand testing and contact investigation capacity.
“I am new to the fight against COVID in Humboldt County, but know the community is not,” he said. ““Many of you have been at this since February and are frankly exhausted by it. I want to listen to and understand those experiences and continue the level of community involvement and openness that has been set by everyone who has been part of the emergency response team.”
Hoffman was selected from a pool of 18 applicants after going through interviews with both a panel of “multi-disciplinary stakeholders” and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.
Hoffman also is stepping into the role as cases are surging throughout the nation, state and county, with Humboldt having confirmed 265 cases over the past 11 days, which have seen a series of record setting days and weeks. The county is also currently grappling with a large outbreak in a skilled nursing facility and is expected to soon fall under a regional stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spike in infections in the coming days.
Read the full press release regarding Hoffman copied below:
Dec. 4, 2020 – County Set to Name Dr. Ian Hoffman New Health Officer
Dr. Ian P. Hoffman is expected to be named the county’s new health officer, pending confirmation by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. He replaces Dr. Teresa Frankovich, who stepped back from the position earlier this week.
Dr. Hoffman holds both a Doctorate of Medicine and Masters of Public Health from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers. He has worked previously for Kaiser…