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Could California’s psych hospitals be ordered to admit inmates with COVID?

CalMatters, Nov. 18, 2020

November 18, 2020

Could California’s psych hospitals be ordered to admit inmates with COVID?

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty directs the medical ethics program at UC Irvine and consults part-time to the Department of State Hospitals’ bioethics committee. He acknowledged in an interview that transfer delays could bring “some level of harm” to the waiting inmates, but public health crises require a shift in thinking away from “this or that individual.” … “COVID testing now is not complicated. It’s not a big ask.”