Mayo to pay nonworking staffers for regularly scheduled hours

Decision dovetails with telling staffers to stay home if COVID symptoms
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Mayo Clinic Health System announced Monday that all staffers will receive their current rate of pay for normally scheduled hours — even if they are not working — through April 28.

The decision takes into account its previous notification to staff members to stay home if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Mayo also announced that the temperatures of all staff members working on-site now will be taken twice daily as an additional precaution and to decrease the chances of staff contracting or transmitting COVID-19. This week, the health system also is providing staff thermometers for them to use at work or monitor at home. Further details on that will be announced.

Effective today, the hospital closed the Family Health Clinic, asking people to enter the clinic to enter the clinic only through the main doors (east side) only. The move is intended to enable more effective screening of all visitors and patients as they enter the facility.
Patients will no are permitted to have visitors. Compassionate exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis, including births and end-of-life care, among other specific circumstances. All visitors granted exceptions are screened before entry. No visitors younger than 18 will be allowed.
Drive-Thru testing continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Screening process is the same as all patients must be pre-screened by telephone ahead of time and then referred to the site if warranted.

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