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Technology More Amazon warehouse workers in US test positive for COVID-19

13:40  26 march  2020
13:40  26 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Amazon employees have tested positive for the coronavirus in at least seven US warehouses , which include New York, Kentucky, Florida, Texas Last week, Amazon confirmed the case of COVID - 19 at their Queens fulfillment center, saying that they are 'supporting the individual who is now in quarantine'.

Amazon now has COVID - 19 cases across 10 of its warehouses globally and faces growing pressure from unions and workers ' rights groups to shut down facilities. This is a contrast to the treatment of white-collar workers in tech, with Amazon and other major US tech firms closing down offices and

Amazon late last week confirmed its first known coronavirus case in a US warehouse, located in Queens, New York, in the heart of the country's current virus epicenter. Now, it's grappling with a handful more cases around the country.

a close up of a box: Workers in at least six Amazon warehouses in the US have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Angela Lang/CNET © Provided by CNET Workers in at least six Amazon warehouses in the US have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Angela Lang/CNET

Amazon employees in at least 10 warehouses in the US have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to Amazon and local and national news reports.

Workers tested positive for the disease at Amazon facilities in Staten Island and Queens, New York; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Jacksonville, Florida; Katy, Texas; Brownstown, Michigan; Moreno Valley, Calif.; Joliet, Ill.; Wallingford, Connecticut; and Oklahoma City, The Washington Post reported, citing several local news reports. Some of those facilities were shut down for cleaning, and some employees who were in close contact with the infected employees have been quarantined.

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Please help us continue to provide you with free, quality journalism by turning off your ad blocker on our site. Thank you for signing in. If this is your first time registering, please check your inbox for more However, in a recent blog post, it said in the event an employee tested positive for COVID - 19 it

The US coronavirus outbreak has spread to at least six Amazon warehouses , infecting workers racing to deliver massive volumes of packages for consumers Levandowski declined to say if workers at any other Amazon facility have tested positive for Covid - 19 . Sweetening its new job offers, Amazon

a close up of a box: Workers at at least six Amazon warehouses in the US have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. © Angela Lang/CNET

Workers at at least six Amazon warehouses in the US have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Cases previously had been reported for warehouse employees in Spain and Italy, two major hotspot for the virus.

The Queens facility was temporarily shut down last week but was back up and running within a day, after cleaning was completed. While the number of confirmed cases has risen, they remain small compared to Amazon's total workforce, which is about 300,000 workers in the US. The company plans to hire an additional 100,000 employees in the country to help it manage a surge in customer demand during the health crisis.

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In the past few days, workers tested positive for covid - 19 at Amazon warehouses and shipping facilities across the country, from New York to Bobbi Johnson heard rumors at her sortation center but only found out there was an infected co - worker after confronting a human resources staffer in the

In fact, the more of us who stay put, the Amazon today confirmed that an employee in its Queens, N.Y. fulfillment center has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The text, obtained by The Atlantic reads, “ We ’re writing to let you know that a positive case of the coronavirus ( COVID - 19 ) was

We are supporting the individuals, following guidelines from local officials, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of all the employees at our sites," an Amazon spokesperson said Tuesday.

If Amazon starts to face more cases in its warehouses or delivery networks, it could significantly weaken its ability to get packages to its millions of customers who have been told to stay home, potentially for months. Additionally, more warehouse workers may opt to stay home to avoid getting the illness.

Warehouse workers and their supporters have already voiced serious concerns that the company will fail to protect its hundreds of thousands of employees and delivery workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Looking to allay these many worries, Amazon on Wednesday published a lengthy post on its company blog describing the many steps it's taking to keep its workers and customers healthy. The company has already made public many of these new protocols.

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The growing number of COVID - 19 cases, as well as reports of questionable practices at Amazon facilities, have prompted employees and Amazon workers say the company needs to do more to protect its people. Hundreds of Amazon employees and contractors have signed an online petition

Workers sent home after Amazon warehouse employee tests positive for COVID - 19 . Individuals who test positive will be sent home for a paid 14-day quarantine. Amazon says it’s also ramped up the rates with which it cleans facilities, including everything from touchscreens to door handles.

"With guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), we've implemented a series of preventative health measures at our sites around the world to help keep our employees, partners, and customers safe," the post said.

This work includes increased cleaning and sanitization at all sites, including disinfecting door handles, touchscreens, handrails and other frequently touched  surfaces. Delivery drivers were given detailed directions to clean their vehicles and equipment. Whole Foods stores are closing early to allow workers there to clean the locations.

Amazon also eliminated stand-up meetings and staggered start times and break times in warehouses to make it easier for people to physically distance themselves from one another.

Hourly pay and overtime pay has been raised. Up to two weeks pay are offered for any employee diagnosed with the coronavirus or in quarantine. Several employees, though, told CNET that offer isn't enough and they've called for more paid time off for all hourly workers. Hourly employees were also offered unlimited unpaid time off.

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Amazon has finally shut a US warehouse indefinitely after 3 workers tested positive for COVID - 19 . At least ten warehouses across the US and Europe have reported confirmed cases of the virus, but Amazon has kept them open on the basis that it is delivering essential goods to people

Workers at at least six Amazon warehouses in the US have reportedly tested positive for COVID - 19 . This issue is something customers will need to worry about, too, since shoppers now rely even more on e-commerce companies like Amazon to deliver food, toiletries and other staples while

The company also created the Amazon Relief Fund with a $25 million starting contribution to help independent delivery businesses, gig workers who pick up work through Amazon Flex and seasonal employees.

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