Ky. (WEHT) — Methodist Health announced Tuesday that 50 employees will be furloughed.

The furloughs affect staff from Methodist Health’s hospitals in Henderson and Union County, as well as outpatient facilities.

Methodist says because of the statewide hold on elective procedures and surgeries, and less in-person office visits, fewer patients have been able to receive care at Methodist Health. 

“We are adjusting our staffing in response to our census,” said CEO Linda White. “We anticipate that more office visits and elective surgeries and procedures will gradually and safely be re-scheduled. We are following the guidelines issued by the Governor’s office in resuming elective procedures.  As we begin to care for more patients, we will carefully evaluate our staffing needs in the recall of employees on furlough.”

Eyewitness News Washington Correspondent Jessi Turnue reports furloughs and financial strains for hospitals are taking place across the country.