Workers in 8 Amazon Warehouses Test Positive for CCP Virus

Andrew Cummings
March 25, 2020

Getty ImagesThere has been an increase in the number of Amazon warehouse workers who have tested positive for COVID-19. The corporate didn't deal with why the power remained open - or element any further cleansing procedures - however, stated it had suggested any staff who had been in shut contact with the worker to remain dwelling and self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Amazon facilities at which the employees were tested positive are Queens and Staten Island, New York, Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Jacksonville, Florida, Katy, Texas, Brownstown, Michigan, Wallingford, Connecticut and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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.

He also went on to add that the company is implementing "a series of preventative health measures for employees and contractors at our sites around the world - everything from increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning to adjusting our practices in fulfillment centers to ensure the recommended social distancing guidelines".

Amazon's employee hotline says the building should reopen for night shift Wednesday, March 25.

Following the positive cases, Amazon temporarily shut down specific warehouses for sanitizing and some co-workers who came into contact with infected colleagues are in voluntary quarantine.

In order to keep employees and as an incentive to new employees, Amazon is paying $2 per hour more until April.

The online sales rush has pushed Amazon to hire around 100,000 new workers, adding to the 800,000 that they now employ. The company is already alerting visitors to its website of longer delivery times and encouraging customers to choose hasty delivery if their needs are not urgent.

However, some employees say the company isn't doing enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among its workers.

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.

Besides the US, even Amazon warehouse workers in Italy and Spain have also tested positive. More than 108,000 people have recovered from this illness.

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