Area hospitals show across-the-board drops in COVID-19 hospitalizations

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Health care worker conducts 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
Hospitals in southwest Riverside County continue to show declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with the numbers as of Feb. 7 dropping substantially from those released the previous week. While coronavirus-positive patients still make up an abnormally large share of patients at southwest Riverside County hospitals – after all, in a normal year in the past, the number of patients with COVID-19 would be zero – the coronavirus-positive share of hospitalizations is now close to one-third of all patients at all local hospitals, down from as high as two-thirds at at least one hospital in January. Data released Feb. 7, by the HHS department showed 35% of patients at Temecula Valley Hospital
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