HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has furloughed 400 workers due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Officials with the Hartford-based health care system say the outbreak has caused elective and other surgeries to be delayed and a decline in the number of patients. The Hartford Courant reports the furloughs are for 60 days and affect about 14% of the health system’s workforce.
News 8 has confirmed with Connecticut Children’s that most of the positions that were furloughed are administrative and will be cut from 40 to 32 hours a week.
Part of the decision comes from the fact that COVID-19 does not really affect younger children and outpatient visits have been canceled and scheduled virtually.
In other developments, there will be stricter rules at Connecticut’s state parks to help better maintain social distancing.
Also, two Connecticut National Guardsmen have tested positive for COVID-19, and judicial officials have closed the Stamford courthouse.