This week's guest is Dr. Larissa May, MD, MSPH, MSHS, who began serving as Yolo County's public health officer this month. Dr. May is a professor of emergency medicine and a public health expert at UC Davis Health. She is a board-certified emergency physician, and her work often focuses on the epidemiology and management of infectious diseases, including best practices for diagnostic testing, outbreak response, and infection prevention. We'll discuss the COVID-19 pandemic at this moment in time, how we chart a course forward through school reopenings, testing, vaccine development, and more. Dr. May explains how Yolo County has increased its infrastructure for contact tracing; UC Davis is currently participating in a Phase 3 clinical vaccine trial as part of a worldwide study.
As interim health officer, Dr. May provides subject matter expertise, helps to craft policy and health orders, and guides the Yolo County Board of Supervisors on health strategies and concerns. Dr. Mary Ann Limbos, who was previously acting health officer, has returned to her deputy health officer position with Yolo County.