Coronavirus: Alameda County appoints health officer

OAKLAND — The Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed interim health officer Dr. Nicholas Moss to lead the county’s public health department, officials said Tuesday.

Moss began serving as the department’s interim director in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom chose Dr. Erica Pan to become state epidemiologist, as well as naming her deputy director at the state health department’s center for infectious diseases.

OAKLAND, CA – July 24: Nicholas Moss, Alameda County Public Health Department’s interim director, joins Oakland councilmembers to present new data on the city’s recent COVID-19 case surge at Lake Merritt on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group) 

In a statement Tuesday, the health department said Moss helped lead the county’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic since January.

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Colleen Chawla said Moss “brings extensive knowledge in communicable disease and nearly 10 years of experience in leadership roles. His appointment provides deep knowledge of, and ongoing continuity in, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Moss, an infectious disease medicine specialist and medical epidemiologist by training, earned a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and doctor of medicine at UC Irvine before training in internal medicine, infectious diseases and public health at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He joined Alameda County’s health department in 2013 as its HIV/STD section director, and became acting director of the department’s division of communicable disease control and prevention earlier this year.

“I am honored to serve the people of Alameda County and I thank the Board of Supervisors for entrusting me with the role of County Health Officer,” Moss said Tuesday.

“My number one priority is to protect and improve health by achieving equity through partnership, fostering safe and healthy communities, and promoting fair and inclusive opportunities for all residents.”

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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