HHS data from Dec. 14 shows local hospitals approaching ICU capacity

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The state reported no ICU capacity in Southern California a few days later Dec. 18 Coronavirus cases are continuing to skyrocket in Riverside County, and all three local southwest county hospitals showed increases in coronavirus hospitalizations for the seven days preceding Monday, Dec. 14, the most recent data set available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Riverside County, Dec. 18, reported 8,244 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, the second-highest daily total since the pandemic began, along with three dozen virus-related deaths and an uptick in hospitalizations. Health officials attributed the size of the increase to a backlog in testing results, which they also said was the case when reporting 10,949 cases – the highest daily total – Dec. 8, according
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