KFL&A Public Health says it has no comment on a Toronto Star report that Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, is leaving his post to replace Dr. David Williams as Ontario’s new Chief Medical Officer of Health. According to unnamed sources cited in that report, the move is expected to be formally announced on Monday, May 31.
Dr. Moore has been commended on multiple occasions for his leadership in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic within the KFL&A region, including an Ontario Auditor General report in which KFL&A Public Health was singled out for praise for its COVID-19 response. COVID-19 infection rates within the KFL&A region have consistently been among the lowest in the province.
Dr David Williams will reportedly retire after his original retirement date was delayed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attempts to reach provincial officials for comment on the move have not received a response.
Kingstonians’ reaction to the move was swift:
I hate to brag, but I told you he was good…
Congrats, Dr. Moore. You handled our community incredibly well throughout this pandemic and the province will be in good hands with you at the helm. #cndpoli #onpoli https://t.co/AIvgryZ2Uj
— Mark Gerretsen ?? (@MarkGerretsen) May 30, 2021
Great news! ? Dr. Kieran Moore will be Ontario's incoming Chief Medical Officer of Health. He has been integral to the success of the Kingston community at navigating the pandemic!
— Rosalyn Gambhir (@rosalyngambhir) May 30, 2021
There is plenty to say about @MOHKFLA ‘s leadership in the pandemic, but 2 things stand out to me among the many: 1) he consistently and genuinely thanks the community for doing what is needed 2) he has NEVER blamed or shamed any group or person for an outbreak or case increase
— Richard van Wylick (@rvanwylick) May 30, 2021
So proud of the work @Qemerg professor Dr. Kieran Moore @MOHKFLA has done, not just during the pandemic, but over the course of his distinguished career as a family doc, emerg doc, public health doc, coroner, and as a prolific and accomplished researcher. A true gem. https://t.co/y0L615klQT
— David Messenger (@dwmessenger) May 30, 2021
A replacement for Dr. Kieran Moore as KFL&A Public Health’s new Medical Officer of Health has not yet been announced. More to come.