Duluth-based Essentia Health to lay off 900 employees

Duluth-based Essentia Health to lay off 900 employees
Essentia Health says it is laying off 900 employees as the coronavirus pandemic cuts into business. (Source: WDIO-TV)

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Essentia Health says it is laying off 900 employees as the coronavirus pandemic cuts into business.

Essentia Health CEO David Herman said Thursday that the recent cost-reduction measures the Duluth-based health care system has taken “are not sufficient to preserve our mission and the health of the organization.”

The Star Tribune reports the cuts represent 6 percent of Essentia’s workforce. The cuts are in addition to 850 Essentia employees who have been placed on administrative leave.

Minnesota hospitals are dealing with a steep drop in business while preparing for an expected surge of COVID-19 patients. Routine visits have been postponed and elective surgeries were not allowed until recently.

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