I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. I always approach this holiday with mixed emotions. It is a wonderful chance to spend more time with my family while also recognizing the loss of those who died while serving in the U.S. military. This last weekend was especially poignant as the country approached 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial start to summer, and we are moving into the next season of the new normal.
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Last week, we shared the difficult news that we took the action to furlough approximately 1,500 individual professional staff and classified non-union team members. We also shared that the University of Washington had initiated impact bargaining with our union partners prior to making individual notifications to classified union employees. Our bargaining has now concluded, and approximately 4,000 of our clinical system classified team members will be impacted.
Today’s discussion will address the UW Medicine financial picture and furloughs, antibody testing, the revised visitor policy and the restart of elective surgeries. There is still time to send us your questions.
To help minimize the significant financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UW Medicine is implementing temporary staff furloughs at our clinical entities. One way to mitigate the impact of these mandatory furloughs is through voluntary furloughs.
This week marks several important milestones as we ramp up clinical services at UW Medicine. As of today, it has been four months since the announcement of the first person with COVID-19 in the U.S. For many, if not all, of us, it has certainly felt a lot longer. Long days, a lot of uncertainty and a level of disruption that we could never have imagined before January 20.