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"Fact check: Are California hospitals over-counting coronavirus patients?"

The Sacramento Bee interviewed Gerald Kominski, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management and senior fellow at the FSPH UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, about the importance of hospitals reporting testing all patients and all coronavirus infections, including asymptomatic patients who are hospitalized for a condition separate from the pandemic. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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“I can now say with 100% certainty that everything you think you know about COVID hospitalizations and deaths IS A LIE!”

The bold claim comes from Kirk Uhler, the firebrand Placer County supervisor and vocal skeptic of the state’s COVID-19 response and mask orders. It was the title of his Facebook rant last week that has received 316,000 views and been shared more than 6,600 times — particularly among anti-mask activists and those furious about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shutdown orders.

Uhler’s primary contention: California hospitals count patients admitted to their facilities who have COVID-19, even though they may not have been admitted for symptoms of the disease.

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