Mayo Clinic to furlough or cut pay of 30,000 employees

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Mayo Clinic is furloughing or reducing the hours of almost half its workforce as the nonprofit medical center tries to stop the financial bleeding from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Approximately 30,000 staff from across all Mayo locations will receive reduced hours or some type of furlough, though the duration will vary depending on the work unit," according to a statement on Wednesday from spokeswoman Ginger Plumbo, as reported by Post Bulletin.

Mayo Clinic will continue to pay for the health care benefits for all of its employees while they are off work, since these are furloughs and not layoffs.

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A general view of the entrance signage for the Jacksonville campus of the Mayo Clinic on March 15, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

A general view of the entrance signage for the Jacksonville campus of the Mayo Clinic on March 15, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Getty Images)

"While we were able to protect full pay and benefits for our staff through April 28, temporary furloughs of some staff and salary reductions will be required after that time. We will work with our teams over the coming weeks to ensure that our staff are supported, that the duration of this disruption is as limited as possible, and that we are ready to ramp up quickly and resume full operations when it is safe to do so," Plumbo said in a statement provided to Fox News.

Doctors will reportedly not be furloughed, but will have to take a 10 percent wage reduction. Doctors who are senior managers will see cuts of 15 percent, while top executives are taking 20 percent reductions.

Mayo Clinic began furloughing an undisclosed number of supplemental and contract employees in late March as it started to deal with the "unprecedented challenges" of COVID-19. The nonprofit medical center employs 70,000 people in multiple states.

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Fox News reached out to Mayo Clinic for comment on this story.