Temporary hospital coming to Coachella Valley amid COVID-19 crisis


INDIO (CNS) – A temporary hospital will soon be set up at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, in proximity to where all six of the county’s reported deaths associated with COVID-19 have occurred, a county spokeswoman confirmed today.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that two “field hospitals” had arrived in California, sent by the federal government to help beef up the state’s hospital bed capacity. A half-dozenx more are expected, Newsom said, which will combine to add 2,000 hospital beds out of the 50,000 Newsom said California needs to accommodate the influx of expected hospitalizations associated with the novel coronavirus.

Brooke Federico, a Riverside County spokeswoman, confirmed the “federal medical station” slated for Riverside County will be erected at the Indio fairgrounds. The other one is slated for Santa Clara County in Northern California.

“Riverside County health officials are in discussions with Indio, state and federal representatives as they prepare for the placement of a federal medical station at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio,” Federico wrote in an email. “The materials that are being delivered will help ease the burden of an expected medical surge caused by the spread of COVID-19.”

The county statement did not give the number of beds or a date for when the hospital will open, but Federico said updated information is expected to be made public by the end of the day.

As of this afternoon, there are 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County, with 28 in the Coachella Valley. Six people have died from complications associated with the disease, all in the Coachella Valley.