GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Vidant Health is announcing furloughs, reduced salaries and cuts to employee benefits at its hospitals because of the COVID-19 outbreak. News outlets report the health system says that while a growing number of patients rely on Medicare and Medicaid, it is experiencing what it calls “a significant decrease in volumes which is impacting revenue.” Effective Sunday, Vidant says it will reduce pay for executives and all employees. The system will be implementing furloughs, salary reductions, and schedule/shift adjustments. It also will be cutting employer contributions to retirement plans by 50%.

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