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ECMC to provide hazard pay to nurses directly working with COVID-19 patients

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Posted at 4:34 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 16:34:50-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Nurses and other medical providers working with COVID-19 patients will receive hazard pay, a spokesperson from Erie County Medical Center confirmed this information that was first published in the Buffalo News.

Nurses and other staff who work directly with COVID-19 patients will receive an extra $10 an hour. Staff who work with COVID-19 patients on occasion, will receive an extra $6 and hour.

Friday, The Erie County Medical Center began furloughs and other cuts as it looks to trim $20 million in annual costs to stay afloat.

The cost cutting measures, half of which will be personnel, were explained to staff in a video message Friday by President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Quatroche, Jr.