Hospital officials talk COVID-19, 1,828 new cases, 31 deaths reported over weekend

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Health care workers conduct coronavirus testing at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The latest Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Riverside County Healthcare update on YouTube, hosted by chamber CEO and president Patrick Ellis, featured Jared Giles, CEO of Southwest Healthcare System, and Peter Baker, senior vice president and administrator of Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta. The two hospital officials addressed issues and answered questions from Ellis regarding how the hospitals are holding up during the pandemic. Giles said that at the time of the video recording, 11% of Southwest Healthcare System hospitals’ beds were filled with COVID-19 patients with a third of those in the ICU and a third of those on ventilators. “We’re actually on a downward trend since mid-July and the hospitals are still fairly full,” Giles said
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