Officials: County hospitals have capacity for ‘surge’ in COVID-19 cases

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Hospitals throughout Riverside County are generally equipped to handle any potential surge in coronavirus cases, an official told the Board of Supervisors today, as the number of infections continued to climb, with an additional 662 known active cases and 17 deaths countywide. "Several hospitals have implemented surge plans,'' Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton told the board. "And each hospital has committed to capacity that's 30 to 35% beyond their licensed capacity.'' Barton and other public health officials addressed the recent rapid growth in documented COVID-19 cases, saying the numbers were adding to burdens on the 17 hospitals within the county, but none were out of beds for virus patients and others in need of medical care. Newly released county Depart
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