Some Riverside County hospitals are in ‘surge’ mode but not ‘overwhelmed’

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Valley News - Health
Paul Young, City News Service A Riverside County emergency services official told the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 7, that the recent jump in coronavirus patient caseloads prompted a half dozen hospitals countywide to switch to “surge plans” to accommodate the infirm, but the facilities are not operating beyond their limits. “We have six hospitals that are over capacity,” Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton said. “They are using their surge plans. But that’s not the same thing as being overwhelmed. They are not overwhelmed. They still have the capacity.” Barton confirmed that just under 500 COVID-19 patients are receiving treatment in the county’s 17 acute-care medical facilities. Among those patients are 135 individuals who have bee
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