The Cal Poly Recreation Center could be enlisted in the fight against COVID-19 should San Luis Obispo see a surge in cases of the virus.
The rec center at Cal Poly has adequate space, electricity and water to serve patients, and engineers are now developing plans to convert the space if needed. The county is also working to ensure the facility has the appropriate medical equipment in place should the space be needed.
“The space at Cal Poly is well-equipped and if needed will provide safe and quality care,” county administrative officer Wade Horton told The Tribune. Dorms will not be used.
Cal Poly students will not be returning to campus this academic year.
“We realize the situation may seem alarming. However, as a state institution, Cal Poly has a duty to the people of California to assist in the response to public emergencies,” said university spokesman Matt Lazier.