Bloomberg Law
Dec. 16, 2020, 11:01 AMUpdated: Dec. 16, 2020, 5:59 PM

Psychiatric Hospital Called ‘Tinderbox’ of Covid-19 Infections (2)

Valerie Bauman
Valerie Bauman
Senior Investigative Reporter

The fear is palpable in California’s largest state-run psychiatric facility. It’s crept in with every whisper of a new Covid-19 diagnosis, filling the space left behind by each khaki-clad patient who was led away to a segregated area for the sick.

“I don’t want to die in here with the coronavirus,” said José Marin, a patient at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in an arson case 10 years ago.

An advocacy group asked a judge to release as many as half the patients housed in Patton after a dramatic rise ...

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