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10 Amazon Warehouses Hit With COVID-19 After Workers Test Positive

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As America shelters in place to isolate from COVID-19, people have been avoiding potential exposure by ordering necessary items from Amazon.

Anyone who has been disinfecting Amazon deliveries is ahead of the curve, as workers across 10 Amazon warehouses have tested positive for the disease, according to the Washington Post – owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

According to the report: “two in New York City; Shepherdsville, Ky.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Katy, Tex.; Brownstown, Mich.; Oklahoma City; Moreno Valley, Calif.; Joliet, Ill.; and Wallingford, Conn.

Just last week, warehouse workers sounded alarms that the company is not doing enough to protect them from the virus. That came after workers at Amazon warehouses in Spain and Italy tested positive for the virus. Since then, more than 1,500 workers from around the world have signed a petition that calls on the company to take additional steps to ensure safety in the workplace.

Some workers complained that Amazon pushes them to meet the per-hour rate at which it wants orders fulfilled, a practice that they worry discourages safe sanitary practices such as washing hands after a cough or sneeze. Others have complained about “stand-up” meetings, where workers stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the start of each shift. –Washington Post

According to recent data from the NIH, coronavirus can live for up to four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and three days on plastic and stainless steel. That said, it was recently discovered living on surfaces up to 17 days after passengers disembarked but before the ship was cleaned.

The outbreaks come after the company pledged to hire 100,000 new workers to deal with the avalanche of orders amid the global pandemic – leaving the company unable to stock and ship household staples to customers.

We are supporting the individuals, following guidelines from local officials, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of all the employees at our sites,” said company spokeswoman Lisa Levandowski in an emailed statement.

Meanwhile, Amazon has begun implementing new procedures to disinfect their facilities, such as cleaning doorhandles, handrails, touch screens and more according to Levandowski. The company has also halted stand-up meetings, staggered break times, and suspended worker screening as they leave in order to aid in social distancing and improve the flow of personnel in and out of buildings.

Still, Amazon has run into difficulty supplying workers with necessary equipment – having placed orders for “millions of face masks” for employees and contractors who can’t work from home, according to a Saturday letter Bezos sent to employees.

Despite the outbreak, Bezos says he expects the company’s warehouses to remain in operation – telling employees that “much of the essential work we do” requires employees to be physically present at warehouses, driving delivery vehicles, and more.

The company has over 175 warehouses around the world – 110 of which are in North America.

Sweetening its new job offers, Amazon increased pay for hourly employees through April by $2 an hour in the United States, 2 pounds an hour in the United Kingdom, and about 2 euros an hour in parts of the European Union. The company, which generated $280.5 billion in sales last year, said the pay hikes will cost $350 million.

Despite the spread of the coronavirus in Amazon’s U.S. warehouses, it probably will find workers for the new posts, said Elaine Kwon, founder of e-commerce management and software firm Kwontified and a former Amazon manager. With unemployment claims already soaring as businesses shutter from the coronavirus fallout, laid off workers will need income to pay their rents and feed their families.

Quite a few people will be willing to take the risk,” Kwon said. –Washington Post

The Post notes that Amazon has come under fire for their treatment of warehouse employees – fighting efforts to unionize around the world while facing harsh criticism for poor working conditions.

via zerohedge

17 Comments

  1. Edward March 26, 2020

    Why can’t they set up a disinfectant system on the conveyors as the items are shipped out

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    1. Curt March 26, 2020

      Thank you Amazon for your services! People nobody told you that you have to use Amazon!

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  2. Joseph G Hunt March 26, 2020

    Amazon greed came back to bit them

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    1. Charles M. March 26, 2020

      You are right , they got what was coming ..they’re some greedy people running this company .

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      1. Creola March 27, 2020

        No one has to use them. And, certainly we can find most things in our local stores.I use them for convenience, as I currently have a health problem that restricts my ability to walk much. Am in PT so am happy all of the delivery services are available.

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    2. R Sous March 26, 2020

      Yes Besos is a stupid rich man who is going eat his money and die from it!
      He spend millions to satisfied his pleasures including abandon a family life!
      His arrogance and money greed is going to bring him to his knees without a penny on his pocket like all the greedy rich who took advance of the poor works.

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  3. TruthB Told March 26, 2020

    Crap ! Now I’m going to have to disinfect the disinfectant that is being delivered today by Amazon.

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  4. Lou March 26, 2020

    They did not get what they deserved because it’s the employees working hard that got it. Remember these are the little people trying to keep our life going so we can order on line instead of leaving home. They are also trying to bring in money to care for their families.
    You should leave your packages to sit before you open them for several days. That s just common sense.

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  5. Iris M. Cooper March 26, 2020

    Makes me wonder if I should purchase the late baby gift who is the great grandson of my dear friend.

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  6. The Real M March 26, 2020

    I understand and appreciate these Amazon employees working to get merchandise to us so we can stay home, bless them all! Amazon was not doing enough however, they have getting merchandise out to us and were lax in disinfecting. They have corrected their error and I am so sorry there are sick employees. I had a box delivered to me yesterday I put it in my garage and had planned to leave it there several days before bringing inside, glad I did now!
    Stay well all!

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    1. R Sous March 26, 2020

      Yes Besos is a stupid rich man who is going eat his money and die from it!
      He spend millions to satisfied his pleasures including abandon a family life!
      His arrogance and money greed is going to bring him to his knees without a penny on his pocket like all the greedy rich who took advance of the poor works.

      Reply
  7. Thomas Walsh March 26, 2020

    Amazon is one of the biggest pariahs to every retailer there business model is to crush all retail business

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  8. Peg McCown March 26, 2020

    The virus does NOT survive for 17 days according to CDC. The RNA of the virus was found on a cruise ship (which had not yet been sanitized) 17 days later, the actual virus was dead.

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  9. Bette Giuliano March 26, 2020

    They need to disinfect your warehouse is with merchandise in it it doesn’t help people selling things third party could have it and not night and he spreading it

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  10. SL Henson March 26, 2020

    We spray down all packages with 10% bleach water, right there on the concrete where they are left, bringing them inside after they have dried. Trusting that is adequate. Thinking we should begin spraying down the inside packaging, as well…

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  11. Tad March 26, 2020

    Not to god packages go on tracks infected spread virus on other mails ,you get home every think contaminated ,you maile box you car ,you house ,I just got two packages this week ,without knowing this could be real ,

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  12. Ronald Pickett March 26, 2020

    Everything they sell comes from China. What do you expect.

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