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Federal medical station to be placed at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio

RIVERSIDE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

The Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio will be the site of a federal medical station.

According to Brooke Federico, county spokesperson, the materials that are being delivered will help ease the burden of an expected medical surge caused by the spread of coronavirus.

As of Monday, Riverside County has 48 confirmed cases, 25 of those cases are in the Coachella Valley. All 6 of the county's deaths are in the Coachella Valley.

The Indio medical station is one of two stations that have arrived in California, according to Governor Gavin Newsom. The other medical station arrived in Santa Clara and is expected to be set up at a convention center.

President Trump and Gov. Newsom discussed the arrival of the stations on Sunday.

"I'm very pleased and I want to thank the administration when Trump called me yesterday and told me we already should expect...and he was right...those field medical stations to come into the state of California. Two arrived. One in Riverside and one in Santa Clara," said Newsom.

Further discussions are underway between county, state, and federal health officials as preparations at the fairgrounds continue.

Newsom expressed gratitude on behalf of the state for the federal assistance: "We're grateful for that. Remember that's 2,000 beds when all eight arrive but two already did arrive. And we're already in the process beginning to resource and ultimately get those things up as we can. I say as we can, but I also mean as we should."

The Riverside County Fairgrounds is best known for hosting the Riverside County Date Fair & National Date Festival, however, it is also the site of California Care Force, an annual free health care clinic.

No other information on the Indio medical station was available for release at this time. Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing coverage.

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