An isolation facility for those who have contracted Covid-19 will open imminently in City West, according to the HSE.
The Citywest Hotel has been transformed so people who have tested positive for coronavirus but don't need to be hospitalised can isolate.
The hotel and conference centre has become the first of a series of new coronavirus centres for isolation and stepdown care in Ireland.
The hotel part of the Citywest complex will provide beds for 750 people who are unable to self-isolate due to the nature of their own living arrangements. It will open at the end of the week.
The Citywest conference centre is being turned into a stepdown care facility for Covid-19 patients who are recovering from the infection.
The 450 beds earmarked for the facility will only be used once capacity in hospital settings has been exceeded.
It will start operating, if needed, in two or three weeks’ time.
Similar isolation/stepdown facilities will be opened in other urban centres across the country, including Cork, Limerick and Galway.
Senior HSE officials announced the moves at the Citywest centre on Sunday morning.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid said it was important to plan for the worst-case scenario. “We have to be prepared,” he said.
The new centres are part of a ramping-up of preparations across the healthcare sector for the anticipated surge in coronavirus cases.