THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. colleges are converting empty dorms into temporary housing for COVID-19 patients.
That could prove crucial if hospitals nationwide are swamped with a surge of COVID-19 cases that push them beyond their capacity, the Associated Press reported.
On Wednesday, Tufts University in Massachusetts said it is making hundreds of vacant dorm rooms available in the coming weeks to help relieve "unprecedented stress" on the health care system. The school's president called on other U.S. universities to do the same, saying they have a civic duty to help in times of crisis, the AP reported.
Middlebury College in Vermont is offering some of its buildings, and New York University is asking students who live near campus to clear out their dorm rooms in case they are needed to house COVID-19 patients.