Health Secretary Cohen resigns, Cooper names in-house replacement | Beaufort County Now | The face of North Carolina’s coronavirus response, Dr. Mandy Cohen, has resigned her position as secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is Dallas Woodhouse.


N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen at a May 2020 COVID-19 briefing. (Pool photo)


    The face of North Carolina's coronavirus response, Dr. Mandy Cohen, has resigned her position as secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Kody Kinsley, chief deputy secretary for health and leader of COVID operations, to succeed Cohen starting Jan. 1.

    Cohen, 43, had led North Carolina's operational response to COVID-19, including hospital, testing, and tracing capacities. Cohen has been Gov. Roy Cooper's top policy adviser on COVID-19.

    Cabinet appointments must be approved by the N.C. Senate. On Tuesday, the N.C. General Assembly approved an adjournment resolution. No-vote "skeleton" sessions are scheduled through Dec. 1o. Lawmakers will then adjourn until Dec. 30. House Speaker Tim Moore announced that he expects no votes before the end of the year.

    Cohen came to North Carolina to lead DHHS and push for Medicaid expansion after serving in the Obama administration. She led the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Her next career step is not immediately clear, but in April, Carolina Journal reported "an active effort to recruit Dr. Mandy Cohen into the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate is now underway."

    "She would be a competitive force; she has instant name recognition," said Democrat campaign strategist Brad Crone at the time. "She has been a top lieutenant to Gov. Cooper and could tap into his base of support. ... She would be considered more of a moderate candidate that could compete well in North Carolina's more rural areas."

    Cohen is an internal medicine physician and has experience leading complex health organizations. Before coming to North Carolina, she was chief operating officer and chief of staff at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She served as a senior adviser to the Obama administration working to implement the Affordable Care Act.

    Cohen is known for her constant repetition in televised briefings that people need to continue to follow the 3 Ws - wearing a mask, waiting six feet apart, and washing hands frequently.

    Should Cohen jump into the U.S. Senate race, her campaign efforts would likely be handled by Morgan Jackson, a campaign adviser for Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein. Jackson has long been linked to attempts to bring Cohen into the U.S. Senate race.

    Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has been leading Democratic U.S. Senate primary polls, with state Sen. Jeff Jackson also in the race.
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