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Who disclosed PSJA school board candidate as a COVID-19 patient?
Who disclosed PSJA school board candidate as a COVID-19 patient?

PSJA ISD Board Candidate Heather Garza has COVID-19, her husband, San Juan Mayor Mario Garza, confirmed Tuesday. It wasn’t the family’s decision, however, to release that information, he said; and in his opinion, it’s personal medical information. “As a husband and public official, I think these matters should remain private, unless the patient or patients decide to release it themselves, even if they are a public figure,” Garza said. Not only does Heather Garza (candidate for PSJA’s Place 4 seat vs Jorge Zambrano) have COVID-19, but so does the mayor himself as well as another family member. In the mayor’s case, he thinks he’s past it, but still isn’t ready to take a test to see if it comes out negative. The question is, who released the information Tuesday on Facebook under what appears to be an anonymous page? The email linked to it has the name Oscar Gutierrez assigned to it as well as his photo. He is the son of Cynthia Gutierrez, who is also running for a school board seat (on the Zambranos’ slate). Facebook posters who took exception to the “outing” of the Garzas’ COVID, as it were, wrote that the leak came from Oscar Gutierrez’s mom, Cynthia Gutierrez. No evidence to support that assertion was provided with the post. Those remarks were posted on a Facebook page named “The Valley Way.” Efforts to reach Ms. Gutierrez Tuesday for comment met with no success. On the original FB page that carried news of the Garzas’ COVID, and with it, a profile picture of Fidel Castro (go figure), there are photos of Mario Garza and his wife, Heather, along with this comment next to their photo: “Make sure you go and hug the mayor of SJ and his wife…get us some days off work…(three smiling emojis).” That post was presumably in reference to the people who can claim days off of work if they know that they’ve been in physical contact with a COVID-positive patient. Trouble is, according to the mayor, neither he or his wife have been out in public since they were first diagnosed with the disease Oct. 6. That post also implies that the mayor and his wife would risk exposing the public to COVID for political gain, which is something neither of them would do, said Mario Garza. “The decision to let people know about our medical conditions should be ours,” said Mario Garza. “But you know how things are playing out ...

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