Ciara McCarthy

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. Questions, tips, or ideas? Please get in touch: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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Ciara McCarthy commented on Send us your questions about the vaccine

Hi Fain - thank you for posting your question! We'll include this in our list of questions we're bring to vaccine experts and immunologists. All the best, Ciara McCarthy, Advocate reporter

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Hi, Dale -- Good point! These answers don't make much sense. I'll pass this on to our editors for review so it doesn't happen again. Thanks for your sharp eye! Happy Friday and all the best, Ciara McCarthy, Advocate reporter

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Hi Glenn -- Sorry, I should have clarified. This post notes the number of available beds, not the total number of beds, which I agree is a bit confusing. So essentially, on Sunday there were 445 total beds available, of which 232 were occupied and 213 were available.

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Hi there! Thanks for the question. The hospitalization rate is determined by comparing the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in a given trauma service area to the total number of hospital beds in a given trauma service area. So for Sunday, Dec. 13, there were 69 hospitalized COVID-…

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Hi Joyce - Please accept our sincere apologies. This was a mistake and it was unintentional. I did see your response to your original comment, but when the online comments were collected for this post, an editor mistakenly missed your follow up post. We have edited the copy of this post t…

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Hi Steve -- Thanks for your feedback. I'm sorry you're having trouble reading online articles. If you're able, I'd love if you could send me an email regarding the issues you're encountering, so we can pass your feedback on to our digital team to see if it's something we can fix. We use a…

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Hi Barbara - No worries at all! And thanks for being so respectful of our commenting guidelines. It truly does make for a more respectful and productive discussion when people keep the commenting rules in mind :) Thanks for reading, and welcome back to Victoria! Best, Ciara McCarthy, Advo…

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Hi all -- Thanks for your feedback! I did want to clarify that this opinion piece is from the Dallas Morning News' opinion page, and was not produced or endorsed by the Advocate. The Advocate publishes a wide range of opinion columnists from editorial boards and columnists with a range of…

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Hi Virginia! Thanks for your question. You can re-watch the debates on the Advocate's Facebook page. Here is the debate between candidates for VISD school board, District 3: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=679049386054858; Victoria County tax assessor-collector: https://www.facebook.com…

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Hi Glen, Thanks for your comment. The decision not to require masks in polling places was made by Gov. Abbott. He exempted polling places and houses of worship in his statewide mask mandate. Here's the full text of his executive order: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-29-us…

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