Amazon workers in USA test positive for coronavirus in 8 warehouses

Marco Green
March 25, 2020

An Amazon worker stows packages into special containers at a facility in Arizona. Other reported cases out of Amazon's warehouses have come from facilities in California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and CT.

Some employees at Amazon's Fulfillment Center in Bullitt County have tested positive for COVID-19.

Amazon previously announced that it planned to hire 100,000 new workers to stock their warehouses and delivery trucks to meet the rise in orders as many have taken to e-commerce rather than leaving their homes in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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.

As their ranks begin to swell, some employees have created and signed a petition alleging that Amazon has not done enough to keep employees safe from the virus, demanding hazard pay, paid sick leave and child care.

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.

Additionally, Amazon has established a $25 million fund from which "independent delivery service partners and their drivers, Amazon Flex participants, and seasonal employees" under financial distress can apply for grants equal to up to two weeks if diagnosed with coronavirus or in quarantine.

Still, workers say the $947 billion company can do more to safeguard them from the fast-spreading virus.

Amazon told CNBC that its Queens warehouse was closed after a worker contracted the CCP virus.

And a New York-based group of Amazon workers said that when a CCP virus case is confirmed at any facility, the site be closed down.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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