Amazon has identified more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases among its frontline workers - Business Insider

Amazon has identified more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases among its frontline workers

10/2/2020 1:33:00 AM

Amazon has identified more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases among its frontline workers

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REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photoannounced in a blog postThursday that 19,816 of its frontline workers have tested positive for COVID-19.Amazon said that count came from its "analysis of data on all 1,372,000 Amazon and Whole Foods Market frontline employees" in the US employed at any time from March 1 to September 19.

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The company claimed its positive case rate was 42% lower than it would expect based on rates in the general population around its facilities is, but its study has not been independently verified.Amazon has come under fire repeatedly from workers over its pandemic response, and the company is facing multiple investigations over safety measures and working conditions.

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Since the beginning of March, 19,816 Amazon and Whole Foods workers have tested positive for COVID-19, Amazon said in ablog postThursday.The company said it conducted "a thorough analysis of data on all 1,372,000 Amazon and Whole Foods Market frontline employees across the U.S. employed at any time from March 1 to September 19, 2020."

Amazon claimed that its positive case rate was 42% lower than rates in the general population — as reported by Johns Hopkins University and while also accounting for the geography and age of its employees.The company saidits calculationswere "conservative" on the basis that it included both confirmed and presumptive cases and that not everyone in the general population gets screened for the virus, though Amazon's analysis has not been independently verified.

Amazon said that due to its social distancing measures, paid leave policies, mandatory screenings, and other safety measures and investments, "our employees are at a very low risk of transmission in the workplace." Read more: Business Insider »

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As a AmznFulfillment employee I’m not surprised. Social distancing is impossible in their warehouses, and all too many ppl either don’t wear a mask, or they don’t wear it properly. This includes ppl in leadership. amazon JeffBezos is all about profits before ppl. 20.000 What are you expecting?

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