Hospitals countywide contending with heavy caseloads

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County's hospitals are straining to meet demand amid the current coronavirus surge and other patient needs, with intensive care units at their limit and medical facilities' morgues now beginning to run out of space, the director of the Emergency Management Department told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Dec. 15. ``There are surge plans in place, so they can extend beyond surge capacity, and that's what our hospitals are and have been doing,'' EMD Director Bruce Barton said. He told the board that, from a designation perspective, the county has essentially reached its maximum ICU bed capacity. However, medical facilities are working to set up additional critical care space wherever they can find it, and ``a couple of hospitals have not hit 100% yet,'' he said
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