Number of COVID-19 cases among Amazon workers rises

Employees at Bullitt Co. Amazon Fulfillment Center test positive for COVID-19

According to media reports, workers in at least nine US -based Amazon warehouses have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

In some cases, local media reports indicate that facilities were closed temporarily for cleaning and that workers who came into contact with the infected employee (or employees) were placed in quarantine. This news comes shortly after Amazon temporarily closed one of its NY delivery stations due to an employee contracting the virus. This comes in light of a steady escalation of coronavirus cases in United States of America, even as the country's government continues to put large sections of the country in lockdown and announces economic measures to soften the blow on the economy. "Since the early days of this situation, we have worked closely with local authorities to proactively respond, ensuring we continue to serve customers while taking care of our associates and we're following all guidelines from local officials about the operations of our buildings".

In a blog post published Wednesday, Amazon assured the public that it has been cleaning the affected facilities and that the infected individuals have been quarantined.

In Texas, the unnamed employee works on the management team for an Amazon delivery station based in the city of Katy, the company told PCMag in a statement. The company has already released many of these new protocols. The Amazon spokesperson stated that the company is supporting the worker who is recovering from COVID-19.

In its report, NPR added one more city to this list: Wallingford, Conn., and said that workers have actually tested positive in two separate warehouses in NYC, bringing the total number of warehouses to eight.

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.

Hourly pay and overtime pay have been increased. However, several employees told CNET that the offer is not enough and asked for more paid time off for all hourly workers.

The contaminated employee hadn't been on the success center in a few weeks, Smalls stated - however, at a facility with greater than 2,500 full-time workers, Smalls feared that an impending outbreak is inevitable.



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