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Coronavirus patients from Imperial County transferred to Riverside County hospitals

Coronavirus patients from Imperial County transferred to Riverside County hospitals

Author: SuperUser Account/Wednesday, May 27, 2020/Categories: Government, Public Notices

May 27, 2020

Riverside County


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Coronavirus patients from Imperial County transferred to Riverside County hospitals

Some Riverside County hospitals have received a jump of coronavirus patients from Imperial County, where there are only two hospitals.

There have been 51 patients transferred from Imperial County hospitals and another 12 from Imperial County who walked into Riverside County hospitals recently, said Bruce Barton, director of the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD). Barton said that the two Imperial County hospitals have reached their capacity of coronavirus patients, so it was decided to transfer them to neighboring counties.

“Riverside County and Imperial County have a long history of working together on the Salton Sea, agriculture, education, and we are partners in the fight against this pandemic,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “It is fortunate that we have the hospital space to assist our neighbors in Imperial County. It shows how important these hospital beds are and how we need to keep our hospital space available for surges that could come.”

Barton said the capacity of the county hospital system has been impacted by the Imperial County transfers, but the increase remains within the capacity of the health system. EMD along with hospital, other county and state officials are closely monitoring the situation.

“The goal of the State’s regional distribution plan is to assure these patients receive needed care and are appropriately distributed across Southern California hospitals so that no single County is disproportionately impacted,” said Barton.

Hospitals throughout Riverside County received the Imperial County patients. Other hospitals in neighboring counties have also received patients.

As of Tuesday, there were 193 coronavirus patients in Riverside County, including 63 in ICU. There have been 7,139 confirmed cases and 303 coronavirus deaths in Riverside County.

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