COVID-19 patients now make up small percentage of hospitalizations in Riverside County

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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
Coronavirus hospitalizations in the Temecula and Hemet valleys have now dropped to such a level that two local hospitals no longer had any COVID-19-positive patients, according to data released March 15 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The data, based on statistics from hospitals across the nation for the seven days preceding March 5, show individuals with COVID-19 now make up 4% of patients at Temecula Valley Hospital, 6% of those at Southwest Healthcare System, which includes Inland Valley and Rancho Springs medical centers in Wildomar and Murrieta, respectively, 11% of those at Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta and none at Hemet Global Medical Center and Menifee Global Medical Center. Those percentages are down sharply from January, when many southw
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