Hospitals’ case loads headed down, but ICUs remain full

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Hospitals throughout Riverside County are seeing their COVID-19 and other patient counts decline, but intensive care units remain maxed out, and some facilities continue to rely on outside assistance to maintain operations, Riverside University Health System officials told the Board of Supervisors today. "We are doing better. However, in the context of where we are normally this time of year, things are still at a very high level,'' Emergency Management Department Director Bruce Barton said. "About 83% of total licensed (hospital) bed capacity is taken up.'' Barton said six acute care facilities are operating above 100% capacity and continue to utilize "surge plans'' to expand critical care space wherever possible. At the Riverside University Medical Center in Moren
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