Crews prep Liacouras Center as Philly cases mount

Emergency crews are turning Temple University’s gym into surge hospital space as Philadelphia prepares for another week of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City officials on Sunday reported 84 new coronavirus cases and four additional deaths. So far, 890 people have been infected with the virus in Philadelphia and eight have died.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said not to be encouraged by the lower number of positive tests. Two labs that process the tests do not report results to the city over the weekend. 

Five of the eight people who have died are nursing home residents, though city leaders have declined to identify any facilities where there have been cases. 

Farley said all nursing homes, if they haven’t already, should ban visitors, have staff wear masks and frequently screen employees for symptoms.

“In other cities in the U.S., we have seen that nursing homes are particularly susceptible to outbreaks of COVID-19, and we’re starting to see that here in Philadelphia,” Farley said in a statement.

The cases also include a person in jail and an employee who works in the city’s prison system, officials said Friday. 

In Pennsylvania, nearly 3,400 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 38

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