Amazon warehouses affected by coronavirus cases

Bullitt County Amazon employees test positive for COVID-19

Bullitt County Amazon employees test positive for COVID-19

Amazon employees at at least eight stores in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, according to Amazon and local and national news reports. "We are following all guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site", Amazon said in a statement to the Post.

In response, Amazon temporarily closed down facilities in some cases in order for the centers to be sanitized.

The online retailer said Tuesday the Shepherdsville warehouse was undergoing "additional sanitization".

Workers in at least eight Amazon warehouses in the US have reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a report from Dailymail.

Many workers at Amazon's facilities, however, have not been assuaged by these measures, more than 200 workers staged a strike at a warehouse in Saran in the south of Paris calling for the facility's closure this week. Amazon says it is supporting the "individuals who are now in quarantine and recovering". The company is already alerting visitors to its website of longer delivery times and encouraging customers to choose hasty delivery if their needs are not urgent.

This includes regular disinfection of door handles, elevator buttons, lockers, and touch screens, Amazon said, as well as staggering shifts and spreading of chairs in break rooms.

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Amazon workers and their supporters blamed that the company for failing to protect its hundreds of thousands of employees and delivery workers during the coronavirus outbreak. The company is also offering workers who test positive for Covid-19 two weeks of paid time off and is allowing workers to take an unlimited amount of unpaid time off through April.

"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.

"When our turn for masks comes, our first priority will be getting them in the hands of our employees and partners working to get essential products to people".

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.

According to the CDC, the coronavirus primarily spreads via "respiratory droplets" when people cough or sneeze.

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