Email in which suburban St. Louis public health official urged staff to ignore “whimsical fringe” as they work to fight COVID-19 sparks outrage from some elected officials .
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dr. Faisal Khan, acting director of health for St. Louis County, also used Tuesday’s email to encourage health workers to continue taking precautions before an increase. expected cases after the holiday gatherings.
“Please,” he wrote, “ignore the fringe of lunatics that exist in every society. They were there a hundred years ago and probably will be around 100 years into the future. unimportant fools. “
Khan’s email was circulated online on Wednesday by critics of the public health measures, including some of those who have appeared at county council meetings in recent weeks to oppose a county demand. that people wear masks in public and on public transport. The order for masks is currently the subject of a legal challenge.
City Councilor Tim Fitch, a Republican who voted against mask requirements, passed Khan’s email to the media on Wednesday after a health department employee sent it to him. Other employees, he said, had called him to say it was “inappropriate”. He told department staff he was “stunned” by Khan’s email. And Council President Rita Days said Khan’s email was “irresponsible.”
Neither Khan nor a spokesperson for the Department of Public Health responded to the Post-Dispatch’s requests for comment.
The email controversy comes four months after Khan made an obscene gesture against a group of protesters angry at the anti-mask warrant after he showed up at a county council meeting to talk about his latest order public health.