Ciara McCarthy

Health Reporter

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. She reports on insurance, the cost of health care, local hospitals, and more. Questions, tips, or ideas? Contact: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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Ciara McCarthy

Hi Tim! Good question. For most of us, masks are a great step to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. For health care workers treating COVID patients, they're obviously going to be at more risk than someone who is shopping at H-E-B. A health care worker will be wearing full protecti…

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Hi Rick, Thank you for reading. The complete graphic from the health department is attached to the story, and the story notes that there are more than 1,300 total recoveries, but we can certainly be more explicit about new daily recoveries in the future. Thank you as always for the feedba…

Ciara McCarthy

Hi Paul, Thanks for your comment. You're correct, and we fixed the story to show a total of 2,685 cases. Thanks for your sharp eyes.

Ciara McCarthy

Hi Roy -- Good question. I wrote top doctor in the sense that, as local health authority, Dr. McNeill has powers and responsibilities that no other physician in Victoria County has. So Dr. McNeill would be Victoria's top doctor similarly to the way you might call Mayor Rawley McCoy Victor…

Ciara McCarthy

Hi Gary -- Thanks for your comment. This is a really good question, and the numbers can be very confusing. The Bexar County Judge and mayor of San Antonio are right: Statewide, most cities are seeing a slow down in the number of people being hospitalized.

Ciara McCarthy

Hi Roy - That's a typo. Thank you for spotting! We'll fix that.

Ciara McCarthy

Thank you for reading, Pat! And I agree - it's great to see how people are thinking creatively and compassionately to help their neighbors.

Ciara McCarthy

Hi Pat — Thanks for the question. That is indeed very important information.

If you feel sick and are worried you might have symptoms of COVID-19, your first step should be to call either your personal physician or the Victoria County Public Health Department (361-578-6281). Your lo…

Ciara McCarthy

Hi John, Thank you for reading! We've heard from many of Dr. Nguyen's patients who have said that he is a wonderful physician.

Ciara McCarthy

What a sad story. My thoughts are with the DeLeon family.


Thanks for sharing the safety tips, Jon -- they made me think of this article I read a few years ago, which is a scary reminder that most of think that a drowning person looks how they're depicted in the movies, but in r…

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