Southwest Riverside hospitals show across-the-board drops in COVID-19 hospitalizations

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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
Hospitals in southwest Riverside County are finally starting to show clear, consistent declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Monday, Feb. 1, though coronavirus patients still make up a significant percentage of those hospitalized in the county. While some area hospitals showed declines in coronavirus hospitalizations in data from two weeks ago, others showed slight increases. The data released by federal health officials Feb. 1 is the first time coronavirus hospitalization declined at all southwest county and midcounty hospitals since the start of the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The percentages of patients who were confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 were in the 30s and 40s at Southwest H
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