COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise in Riverside County

Health care workers conduct testing for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The last time Riverside County saw COVID-19 hospitalization numbers as high as those reported Friday, Nov. 27, was July 27, at the beginning of a downward trend in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus. This time, the 498 people reportedly hospitalized around the county Friday seemed to indicate a major spike in hospitalizations, according to the Riverside University Health System. Since Monday, 115 more people were hospitalized with the coronavirus, Riverside University Health System officials said. In addition, there were 19 more being treated in intensive care units around the county. The last time that many people were in the ICU was Aug. 8. A county briefing Tuesday, Nov. 24, focused on the surge in infections, Dr. Geoffrey Leung of RUHS said hospitals throughout the region â€
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