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Adventist Health Bakersfield furloughing nurses during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:32:52-04

Adventist Health Bakersfield has confirmed with 23ABC that some nurses are being furloughed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The hospital is experiencing significant reductions in patient visits and services due to COVID-19. As a result, they're furloughing positions, reducing hours or salaries, and even permanently reducing positions.

"Health systems throughout the nation are experiencing significant reductions in patient visits and services due to COVID-19. As a result, we are faced with painful but necessary decisions to adjust our staffing to reflect our reduced patient volumes so that we can continue caring for our community during this unprecedented time. Reductions included flexing staff, furloughing positions, reducing hours or salaries, temporarily reducing positions and permanently reducing positions," said Adventist Health in a statement to 23ABC. "We are making every effort to minimize the impacts of this pandemic on our associates and provide them with support."

23ABC reached out to ask which departments this is specifically impacting, but have not heard back at this time.