Local hospital CEO: “We are more than prepared” to handle COVID surge

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Health care workers conduct tests at the state run COVID-19 testing location at the Grace Mellman Community Library in Temecula. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
MORENO VALLEY (CNS) - The escalating number of coronavirus cases in Riverside County has raised concerns about hospitals' ability to cope, but the Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley is in a position to handle whatever challenges may be ahead, its CEO said Wednesday. "The difference this time around is we are more prepared and ready to handle the surge," Jennifer Cruikshank told City News Service. "In the summer, we were prepared, as well, but there were still lessons to learn that have made this go-around more fluid. Staff is ready to serve." The county on Tuesday reached the 600-level in coronavirus-related hospitalizations, roughly matching the plateau of late July, when the first "surge" was documented, according to the Riverside University Health System. Acco
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