Amazon is keeping a warehouse in Edison, New Jersey, open after a worker tested positive for COVID-19, first reported by Buzzfeed and confirmed to Business Insider.
Workers in at least 11 Amazon warehouses across the US and Europe have tested positive for the virus.
Amazon has faced pressure from employees and labor groups who say the company isn’t doing enough to protect employees, with workers in Italy striking to protest its response.
“We are following guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site,” an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider.
Amazon has resisted calls to close facilities, saying it will hire an additional 100,000 workers as it tries to balance the safety of its employees against skyrocketing demand for its services.
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An Amazon warehouse in Edison, New Jersey, remains open after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, as first reported by Buzzfeed and confirmed to Business Insider.
The employee had last reported to work on March 19, a spokesperson told Business Insider. The spokesperson also noted that Amazon is taking measures to reduce the risk of infection at the facility and has told anyone in close contact with the employee to self-quarantine for 14 days with pay.
“We are supporting the individual who is recovering. We are following guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site,” an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider in an emailed statement.
This is at least the eleventh Amazon warehouse with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Seven cases have been reported across the US at facilities in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Michigan,
Source:: Business Insider