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    March 25, 2020
    News release
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          For more information, contact:
    March 25, 2020                                            Jenny Baker - 863.904.4654/ JBaker@WatsonClinic.com

    Lakeland, FLWatson Clinic has announced they will be making staffing changes based on Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-72, released Friday, March 20, regarding non-urgent elective medical procedures.
    Effective Monday, March 23, some employees were faced with reduced working hours and others were placed on a furlough. During this time, employees placed on furlough will receive two weeks pay and then will be given the option of using their paid time off.
    Watson Clinic is doing everything in their power to keep as many employees employed during this COVID-19 crisis and will continue to see patients at all their locations. All unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries will be placed on hold until further notice. If you have questions regarding upcoming procedures contact your doctor’s office directly.
    If you feel you have symptoms related to COVID-19 including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please call your doctor’s office before coming to the clinic. For information on COVID-19, please visit our website at www.WatsonClinic.com/Coronavirus or call our hotline at 863-680-7977.

    About Watson Clinic LLP:  As one of the largest multispecialty medical clinics in the southeast, Watson Clinic provides comprehensive healthcare services to residents of Lakeland and surrounding communities.  First established in 1941, Watson Clinic has grown to include over 220 board-certified physicians representing more than 40 medical and surgical specialties.  The Clinic is proud to deliver quality healthcare to every generation from our Main Clinic location at 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland, as well as at multiple convenient locations throughout Polk, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. More information is available at:  www.WatsonClinic.com.
    Jenny Baker
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