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Dauphin County furloughs 163 employees, with more expected, over economic impact of coronavirus

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Dauphin County commissioners furloughed 163 county employees effective today, over concerns about worsening economic conditions impacting county revenues from the coronavirus epidemic.

Additional furloughs are expected.

The 30-day furlough consists of 95 full-time and 68 part-time positions across 24 county departments, which is expected to save the county about $140,000 a month.

The commissioners also imposed a hiring freeze and suspended internship programs to save additional dollars.

As businesses close and unemployment rises, the county anticipates a decline in revenue, according to a press release. Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III might take additional steps to lessen the effect on the county’s budget, depending on the length and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, the press release stated.

Last month, the commissioners signed a disaster emergency declaration for Dauphin County and closed buildings to the public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

In Middletown, borough mananger Ken Klinepeter told the Press & Journal on Monday that the borough is not taking any comparable action at this time.