RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The number of people hospitalized for coronavirus fell over the weekend in Riverside County, and only one death was reported due to the illness, the latest figures from Riverside University Health System show.
Compared to Friday’s numbers, there were 28 fewer patients hospitalized Monday due to COVID-19, according to the data that show a total of 507 people currently receiving treatment. Of that total, 131 patients are in ICU — an uptick of one since Friday.
One week ago, the total number of hospitalizations countywide stood at 511, with 139 of those patients in ICU.
Despite the relatively flat numbers over a one-week period, certain hospitals are struggling with increased patient loads. On Thursday, a team of active military medical personnel comprised of doctors and nurses arrived at Eisenhower Health hospital in Rancho Mirage to support the facility as it copes with an influx of COVID-19 patients. The team of doctors, physician assistants, critical care nurses and respiratory technicians assigned to Eisenhower is part of the state’s request for federal support.
Out of all the COVID-19 patients being treated in Riverside County, only two are from neighboring Imperial County, the site of a coronavirus outbreak that overwhelmed that county’s two hospitals, forcing some patients to be transferred to Riverside County.
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, said Monday the county is in the midst of a surge, and that surge should not be blamed on Imperial County.
“We are experiencing a real local community spread surge that requires real local community awareness and responsibility to stop the surge,” Ruiz, who is also an emergency room doctor, posted on Facebook. “Blaming the surge on Imperial County patients is not based on evidence and the misinformation diminishes the urgency and need to take local public health precautions that will help our local community stop the surge.”
Riverside County’s total COVID-19 case count stands at 29,983, an increase of 1,288 since Friday. Out of the total count, 10,795 people have recovered from the illness. The number of people who’ve died from the virus now stands at 588, RUHS data show.
One week ago, the number of COVID-19 cases was reported at 25,748 and the death toll stood at 550 — an increase of 4,235 and 38, respectively.
The number of people screened for COVID-19 countywide was reported at 323,725 on Monday.