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COVID-19 positive patient locked up after refusing to self-quarantine

COVID-19 positive patient locked up after refusing to self-quarantine
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REPORTER: WE GOT A HOLD OF COURT RECORDS TODAY BEFORE THE STATE SEALED THEM. THEY’RE PRETTY EYE OPENING, SHOWING WHAT THE HEALT DEPARTMENT IS DOING TO TRY AND KEEP THIS VIRUS FROM SPREADING. >> THERE’S A LOT OF POWER WITHIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, TO BASICALLY SEIZE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE AND LOCK UM -- LOCK THEM DOWN SO THEY DON’T INFECT ANYBODY ELSE. REPORTER: A 50-YEAR-OLD ALBUQUERQUE MAN APPARENTLY LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY. COURT RECORDS SHOW HE CHECKED INTO UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HOSPITAL LAST WEEK. THAT HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AND HAD PNEUMONIA. ON APRIL 20 HE’S TAKEN FROM UNMH TO THE CANYON REHABILIATION CENTER THE RECORDS SHOW THE GUY WASN’T TOO HAPPY ABOUT IT, CHECKI HIMSELF OUT OF THE FACILITY AGAINST THE ADVICE OF STAFF, AND THREATENING STAFF WITH A HUGE ROCK. ALBUQUERQUE POLICE TOOK THE GUY TO PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL. THEN THIS WEEK, TE STATE FILED COURT RECORDS, SAYING THIS G NEEDS TO BE IN ISOLATION, FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC. RECORDS AT THE METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER SHOW HE WAS P IN THE INFIRMARY THERE. >> IF THEY DON’T AGREE TO ISOLATE THEMSELVES, THE STATE WILL ESSENTIALLY FORCE THEM TO DO IT. REPORTER: KOAT LEGAL EXPERT JO DAY SAYS, WITH THE CORONAVIRUS, THIS IS NEW TERRITORY, AND CAS LIKE THESE ARE HAPPENING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW WE DID ASK THE STATE TO COMMENT ABOUT THE CASE AND THEY SAY THEY CAN’T BECAUSE IT INVOLVES RED -- INVOLVES MEDICAL RECORDS. FOR TARGET 7, I’M NANCY LAFLIN. SHELLY: WE JUST CHE
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COVID-19 positive patient locked up after refusing to self-quarantine
A 50-year-old man from New Mexico was recently taken to jail after officials said he refused to self-quarantine. Sister station KOAT obtained the related court records, which demonstrate what the New Mexico Department of Health is doing to try and keep the virus from spreading. "There's a lot of power within the state department of health, to basically seize people who have tested positive and lock them down so they don't infect anybody else," according to John Day, KOAT's legal expert. Court records show the man checked into the University of New Mexico Hospital last week, tested positive for coronavirus and had pneumonia. On April 20, the man was taken from UNMH to the Canyon Rehabilitation Center. Records show the man checked himself out of the facility against the advice of staff and threatened staff members with a huge rock. The state filed court records saying the man needed to be in isolation for the safety of the public. Records at the Metropolitan Detention Center show he was put in the infirmary there, but was then released from jail after one day.

A 50-year-old man from New Mexico was recently taken to jail after officials said he refused to self-quarantine.

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Sister station KOAT obtained the related court records, which demonstrate what the New Mexico Department of Health is doing to try and keep the virus from spreading.

"There's a lot of power within the state department of health, to basically seize people who have tested positive and lock them down so they don't infect anybody else," according to John Day, KOAT's legal expert.

Court records show the man checked into the University of New Mexico Hospital last week, tested positive for coronavirus and had pneumonia.

On April 20, the man was taken from UNMH to the Canyon Rehabilitation Center.

Records show the man checked himself out of the facility against the advice of staff and threatened staff members with a huge rock.

The state filed court records saying the man needed to be in isolation for the safety of the public.

Records at the Metropolitan Detention Center show he was put in the infirmary there, but was then released from jail after one day.