As COVID-19 cases around the country still continue to rise, cases in Philadelphia have remained relatively steady, says Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.
In the city’s daily press briefing, Dr. Farley stated that as of now, only six patients have been admitted to Temple University’s Liacouras Center surge facility. Many hospital beds in Philadelphia are still readily available to treat patients with COVID-19.
Roughly 26% of ICU beds in the city are still open, Dr. Farley says.
The Liacouras Center was designated late last month as a “surge facility” to help alleviate local hospitals if and when those hospitals reached their bed capacities.
Despite the relatively good news in terms of the amount of cases, Dr. Farley concluded by saying that he believes the number of patients admitted to the Liacouras Surge Facility could potentially grow. Temple University Hospital has admitted roughly 40% of all COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia.
Dr. Farley believes that Philadelphia has seen its peak and he hopes that the number of cases and deaths will begin to decline over the next several weeks.