Amazon said in a report released by Amazon that 1.44 percent of Amazon’s front-line employees, or 19,816 workers, have either tested positive for the virus or are “presumed to be positive for COVID-19.” A blog post was published on Thursday. The company says it employs 1,372,000 frontline employees across both Amazon and Whole Foods.
The blog marks the first time Amazon has revealed how many of its workers have contracted COVID-19, and it comes after months of demands for increased transparency from WorkersAnd the GovernmentsAnd and Amazon Investors. Amazon warehouse workers have reportedly done so They worked among themselves To try to determine how many mates who have contracted the disease. The disclosure is also noteworthy after comments from Amazon Senior Vice President of Global Operations Dave Clark in May, Who said the “total number of cases is not particularly helpful” in the 60 minutes Interview.
Amazon reports that 19,816 cases are fewer than the 33,952 it estimated it would have seen, when comparing its total number of employees with the overall population case rate reported by Johns Hopkins University. But while this might paint Amazon in a positive light, at least 10 employees have died from the disease. NBC News Confirmed with Amazon in an article Posted yesterday. The company did not discuss those deaths in a blog post today.
Amazon says it conducts thousands of COVID-19 tests daily, with the goal of running 50,000 tests per day across 650 locations by November. The company also says it has distributed more than 100 million face masks, checked temperatures, and provided “improved cleaning procedures” at its sites.
However, workers said at a warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana the edge That cleaning was uneven and the site was too crowded to have adequate social distancing in May. Three warehouse workers have sued the company in June, Claiming that working conditions put them at risk of contracting COVID-19 infection.