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Amazon Employees At 6 Locations Tested Positive For COVID-19

Amazon working with Bullitt County Health Department to clean warehouse amid coronavirus concern Employees at Bullitt Co. Amazon Fulfillment Center test positive for COVID-19
Ginger Lawrence | 25 March, 2020, 19:55

"We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S.in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon's service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public", Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations wrote in a blog post.

Citing local media reports and Amazon, the Washington Post says Amazon workers have tested positive with the disease in New York City, Shepherdsville, Ky., Jacksonville, Fla., Katy, Texas, Brownstown, Mich., and Oklahoma City.

Last week, a delivery center in Queens, N.Y., became the first Amazon warehouse in the U.S.to temporarily close due to a worker testing positive for Covid-19. Other reported cases out of Amazon's warehouses have come from facilities in California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and CT.

Amazon told CNBC that its Queens warehouse was closed after a worker contracted the CCP virus. The company has already released many of these new protocols. "We are following guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site".

The infected employee was last at work on March 11 and is now quarantined after receiving medical care, according to the e-commerce giant.

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Before the dramatic increase in confirmed cases in the United States, Amazon represented a whopping 39% of the e-commerce industry, according to research firm eMarketer.

This includes regular disinfection of door handles, elevator buttons, lockers, and touch screens, Amazon said, as well as staggering shifts and spreading of chairs in break rooms.

In a global coronavirus pandemic that has infected about 420,000 people and killed almost 19,000, Amazon workers have become as essential as first responders, providing food and other basics for millions of people who are isolating themselves under government stay-home directives.

Hundreds of workers have signed a petition saying they do not think Amazon has done enough to ensure they are protected during the coronavirus-fueled boom for the company. The corporate on March 11 introduced that every one staff, both recognized with the coronavirus or who self-quarantine attributable to doable publicity, will obtain two weeks' paid day off through the global pandemic.