May 27, 2020
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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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