HHS data shows Southwest County hospitals nearly full

Southwest Riverside County hospitals are nearly full and intensive care units are slammed with patients as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Per data released on Jan. 3, 45% of patients at Temecula Valley Hospital, 53% of patients at Southwest Healthcare System and 66% of patients at Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta have tested positive for COVID-19. Southwest Healthcare System includes both Inland Valley and Rancho Springs medical centers in Wildomar and Murrieta, respectively. The amounts of patients with coronavirus have increased at each of the three local hospitals between the data reported Jan. 3 and the report from about a week prior on Dec. 28. There were an
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