Southwestern Vermont Health Care is furloughing a portion of its workforce as it faces millions of dollars in lost revenue while preparing for an expected increase in coronavirus patients.

The health system, which employs more than 1,400 people, does not expect the measure to affect more than 100 employees, according to Kevin Dailey, SVHC's vice president for human resources. The furloughs, some of which already have begun, will be reassessed every two weeks.

The organization has seen its normal business drop off by 75 percent or more in recent weeks and has lost millions of dollars in revenue, Dee said in a phone interview on Monday. SVHC suspended non-urgent procedures and appointments on March 19, by which time patients already had begun cancelling arrangements.

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