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Photo courtesy of the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Just as healthcare workers gain national attention as heroes, these critical workers are losing their jobs.

DETROIT, MI — After treating thousands of coronavirus victims, Beaumont Hospital is laying off thousands of its employees. Some 2,500 are now out of work and another 450 will have their jobs eliminated altogether.

Beaumont CEO John Fox was blunt, saying revenue from surgeries and other procedures had “dried up they’re gone.” Fox has chosen to cut his own salary to help mitigate the hospital’s fiscal crisis.

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Governor Whitmer’s executive orders to protect residents during the outbreak has barred Michigan hospitals from performing nonessential procedures to reduce the spread of coronavirus, which can cause COVID-19, a respiratory disease that can turn fatal.

Beaumont’s 38,000 employees work in eight hospitals across southeastern Michigan. It said most of the temporary layoffs are staff who do not directly care for COVID-19 patients.

The layoffs could be a new national trend.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports layoffs and forced vacation. Across the nation, healthcare workers are out of work during the first pandemic in generations.

In southeastern Michigan, Beaumont peaked with 1,223 patients on April 7. That number was down to 784 on Tuesday.

The Associated Press Contributed to this story.