A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered officials at a California immigration detention center to try to procure rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests, after several detainees at the facility have tested positive for coronavirus.

During a Zoom status conference Wednesday in a case involving a proposed class of detainees, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California told lawyers representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the GEO Group, a for-profit ICE contractor, that the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility in Bakersfield must immediately start working to obtain COVID-19 tests that can return results within minutes or hours of being administered.

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