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Kaleida offers workers voluntary furloughs to reduce revenue losses

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Kaleida Spokesperson Mike Hughes makes the announcement by video.

Kaleida Health is offering a voluntary temporary furlough program for its staff. The program is part of a joint agreement with the 1199SEIU and CWA1168 unions, which represent about 8,000 employees in the system. Non-union workers may also participate.

In a statement, Kaleida CEO Jody Lomeo said the move is meant to cut costs and reduce expenses, as the company deals with significant financial losses incurred by the COVID-19 crisis. The furloughs, or temporary unpaid leaves, are targeted towards areas of the organizations impacted by the pandemic, such as elective surgeries and clinic reductions.

The furloughs will begin Sunday and last for 30 days. They will not affect employees directly responding to the COVID-19 outbreak or long-term care services.

By the numbers, Kaleida issued its latest count of coronavirus cases per facility:

BUFFALO GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER

Inpatients: 55 confirmed cases currently in-house (28 in ICU, 27 in medical unit)
30 in-house that are under investigation
129 additional patients were tested but are negative

MILLARD FILLMORE SUBURBAN HOSPITAL

Inpatients: 27 confirmed cases currently in-house (5 in ICU, 22 in medical unit)
12 in-house that are under investigation
60 additional patients were tested but are negative

DEGRAFF MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

0 confirmed case currently in-house
1 in-house that are under investigation
0 additional patients were tested but are negative

OISHEI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Inpatients: 0 confirmed case currently in-house (0 in ICU, 0 in medical unit)
4 in-house that are under investigation
25 additional patients were tested but are negative

KALEIDA HEALTH HOSPITALS (TOTAL)

Inpatients: 82 confirmed case currently in-house (36 in ICU, 43 in medical unit)
68 in-house that are under investigation
214 additional patients were tested but are negative

HIGHPOINTE ON MICHIGAN

0 confirmed case currently in-house
0 in-house that are under investigation
15 additional patients were tested but are negative

DEGRAFF SNF

0 confirmed case currently in-house
0 in-house that are under investigation
4 additional patients were tested but are negative

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