Dr. Lance Frye, the commissioner for the Oklahoma State Department of Health has resigned Friday.
Frye has served as the leading voice for the department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following statements were sent in a news release by Frye and Gov. Kevin Stitt:
“It has been an honor to serve Oklahoma and advance public health for all Oklahomans,” Lance Frye, M.D. said. “I admire the dedication, resilience and tenacity of the OSDH team. They have worked tirelessly over the last two years to ensure Oklahomans had access to not only COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and critical information, but to other life-saving services.”
“Dr. Frye provided steady leadership during Oklahoma’s COVID response from his role in surge planning on the Governor’s Solution Task Force to guiding our vaccine rollout that was Top Ten in the nation as Commissioner of Health,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “With cases and hospitalizations down 60% in recent weeks, Dr. Frye has positioned the Oklahoma State Department of Health well to continue managing COVID effectively and I am grateful for his service to our state during an unprecedented time.”
Frye became the agency's commissioner in may 2020 at the height of the pandemic response, OSDH said.
His resignation letter to Stitt can be read in its entirety below:
This is a developing story.