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Military doctors help Riverside with COVID-19 patients

About 20 medical personnel from the U.S. military are helping with the treatment of COVID-19 patients at Riverside County hospitals.

The Department of Defense team, which arrived recently at the Riverside University Health System-Medical Center, is made up of physician assistants, nurses, and respiratory care practitioners from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, according to a statement.

California officials asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal support to medical facilities statewide. The team sent to Riverside County is made up of active-duty military medical personnel and is dealing with intensive care patients.

“Riverside County hospitals have been stretched well-beyond their licensed capacities to treat a record numbers of patients,” said Bruce Barton, director of the county’s Emergency Management Department. “These resources are critical to help our region treat more of our residents and get through this hospital surge.”

Recently, the 439-bed medical center has been dealing with about 450 patients daily, roughly 100 more than normal, according to the statement.

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