Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Temporarily Closes Warehouse in Kentucky After Workers Test Positive for Covid-19

Temporarily Closes Warehouse in Kentucky After Workers Test Positive for Covid-19

While Amazon has temporarily closed some facilities for deep cleaning in the wake of Covid-19 cases, it has not totally halted operations at any.

Workers tested positive for the disease at Amazon facilities in Staten Island and Queens, New York; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Jacksonville, Florida; Katy, Texas; Brownstown, Michigan; Wallingford, Connecticut; and Oklahoma City, The Washington Post and NPR reported, citing various local news reports. 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.

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.

The online sales rush has pushed Amazon to hire around 100,000 new workers, adding to the 800,000 that they now employ.

Amazon workers state the firm requires to do even more to safeguard its individuals. The company has already released many of these new protocols.

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.

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The administration on March 16 declared "15 Days to Slow the Spread", a period which expires early next week. TRUMP has said that by Easter he expects the virus to have peaked, and that life can resume.

This puts increasing pressure on Amazon workers themselves, some of whom have accused the company of "recklessly endangering" employees by not granting them paid time off.

This month, Amazon said all quarantined employees would receive a two-week salary and Amazon contractors who tested positive for the virus could ask for up to two weeks of salary from a $ 25 million relief fund set up by the 'business.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed 18,916 people across the world.

Last week, an employee at an Amazon delivery station in Queens, New York, also tested positive for the virus.

"The facility must be shut down and workers given paid leave at their normal pay rate while the facility is thoroughly sterilized and workers are tested for the virus", Amazonians United NYC said.

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 have soap and paper towels delivered to their door.

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