It was just over one year ago when San Jose’s Patricia Dowd died of COVID-19, the first confirmed coronavirus death in the U.S. On Thursday, for the first time, her daughter sat down for a broadcast interview with NBC Bay Area’s Ian Cull to talk about that day, her life and the toll of the pandemic.
Kaila Dowd was Patricia’s daughter and only child.
“She was my best friend. I went to her for everything,” Kaila said. “All my problems. If I needed a hug, she gave the best hugs.”
NBC Bay Area also spoke with Patricia’s sister, Leticia Cabello Macias, socially distant in a ventilated room. She said
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