Former Riverside department store to be used as emergency medical station

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Temecula Valley Hospital health care workers screen and test patients displaying symptoms of the coronavirus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
RIVERSIDE - A former Sears store in Riverside will serve as a federal medical station to deal with an expected surge of coronavirus cases, county officials said Thursday. The 90,000-square-foot building that once housed the Sears on Arlington Avenue will be used for a 125-bed hospital using materials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Riverside County spokesperson Brooke Federico said in an emailed statement. The California National Guard will be at the site this week to set up a portion of the medial station, Federico said, stressing that the National Guard will not perform any law enforcement activities. The temporary hospital will ease the burden on local medical centers as they cope with increasing numbers of coronavirus patients. “Moving out the medically
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