Amazon Workers at Six U.S. Warehouses Test Positive for Coronavirus

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

As on-line retail leviathan Amazon is drenched with orders from individuals withdrawed in your home throughout the coronavirus pandemic, workers in a minimum of 8 of the firm's USA warehouses have actually acquired the condition in current days.

A report from the Washington Post states that at least six Amazon warehouses in the United States have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic as the e-commerce giant attempts to address a massive increase in shipments as thousands of Americans are confined to their homes.

The case comes one week after the first coronavirus case was reported in any Amazon facility in U.S., which came out of Queens in the NY state.

Commenting on the most recent case in NY, an Amazon spokeswoman said: "We are supporting the individual who is recovering". That facility reopened the next day, according to workers. The firm has also begun staggering shift times, spreading out break-room tables and asking drivers to keep their distance from customers when delivering orders.

"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.

A New York-based group of Amazon warehouse workers says when a coronavirus case is confirmed in a facility, the site should be closed.

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"We've placed purchase orders for millions of face masks we want to give to our employees and contractors who can not work from home, but very few of those orders have been filled".

On Tuesday, the company confirmed that an employee at an Amazon delivery station near Houston, Texas, had tested positive for COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date news and information on the coronavirus pandemic, visit the World Health Organization website.

Athena, a workers' rights advocacy group, said workers at Amazon's NY warehouse had to continue working while the facility was being cleaned after the case there was confirmed.

For now, that means Amazon warehouse workers and delivery people remain among the most exposed, working on the front lines of the crisis in hopes of winning a paycheck and ensuring that households can continue.to have soap and paper towels delivered to their door.

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