COVID-19 hospitalizations remain at high levels in southwest 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 Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
As the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic drags on, southwest Riverside County hospitals are seeing markedly high levels of COVID-19-infected patients. At all Riverside County hospitals, a majority of hospitalized patients were coronavirus-positive, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sunday, Jan. 17; per that data, 55% of patients at Temecula Valley Hospital, 59% of patients at Southwest Healthcare System, which includes Inland Valley and Rancho Springs medical centers in Wildomar and Murrieta, respectively, and 63% of patients at Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta had the coronavirus in the week leading up to Jan. 17. Those percentages are up slightly from the week before Southwest Healthcare System and Loma Linda University
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