Temple University’s Liacouras Center, which normally admits cheering fans of the cherry and white, began receiving its first patients today. 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.
The Liacouras Center is capable of holding up to 250 patients at a time. The facility will admit patients 18 years and older who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been improving in area hospitals. “All of the patients transferred to CSF-Liacouras Center are in the final stages of recovery from COVID-19,” according to a press release from the city of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says that area hospitals have seen steady increases in admissions. Dr. Farley also says that the mayor’s office is working with local hospitals to ensure that all patients are adequately taken care of, “It’s becoming clear that treating some patients at CSF-Liacouras Center will help these hospitals continue to do that [provide quality care to patients].”
This is a developing story.