Which job is hardest hit by Northwell health layoffs?
The number of jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak at Northwell Health in Texas has more than doubled since last week, the state said Friday, as health officials continue to struggle to keep up with the surge of patients.
The total of 9,700 jobs in Northwell’s healthcare division and its facilities has nearly doubled since February, said spokeswoman Sarah Gentry.
The total of 5,500 positions is down from the 6,500 the agency lost in February, she said.
“We have had a huge increase in patients over the last couple of weeks,” Gentry said.
“Our hospital has become very busy, our hospital staff have gotten better, and our nursing staff has gotten better.
We have been overwhelmed by the surge.”
Northwell Health is the second-largest provider of healthcare in Texas and was named the state’s most health-conscious county by the American Hospital Association.
It has struggled with high patient volumes, high costs and a declining enrollment.
More than 8,500 people have died from the coronovirus outbreak in the state, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Agency.
The state is on pace to see more than 10,000 new cases by the end of the week.
The number who have died is nearly twice as high as the rate at which Texas is recovering from a massive outbreak in California that began in February.
Health Secretary Scott Pruitt said on Friday the agency has made significant strides in controlling coronaviruses and making patients’ health care more accessible and accessible to those with chronic conditions.
The agency is working on ways to help those with disabilities to keep their appointments and get back into the workforce, Pruitt said in a news conference.