ARH reducing staff levels to prepare for coronavirus surge

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Appalachian Regional Healthcare will temporarily reduce its staffing levels through furloughs across the 13-hospital healthcare system in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia.

A news release from ARH said the decision was made to focus on essential services and the expected increase in COVID-19 patients.

Certain clinics and outpatient services are closed during this time.

ARH will furlough 500 of its 6,000 employees.

Affected employees were notified of the plans Friday.