VERONA (WKOW) -- Epic Systems in Verona announced Friday it decided to cancel its spring XGM conference.
"Although this was a difficult decision, we believe it’s the best option to keep our staff, customers, and communities healthy," the company said in a statement. Epic acknowledged the impact the conference has on the local economy.
The company said it "felt that this decision was necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19."
Health care professionals from around the world travel to the Madison area to attend. The statement claimed 9,000 people attend XGM.
Epic's cancellation mirrors similar decisions made for other events as health officials attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.