- Workers in six Amazon warehouses in the US have tested positive for coronavirus. The latest was in Jacksonville, Florida.
- An employee at a nearby facility told Business Insider: "Like Trump, Amazon has been slow to react, is vague with the truth, and appreciates dollars about life."
- Another Amazon employee informed Business Insider that non-essential items such as ball gowns and expensive watches continue to be shipped.
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Employees from six Amazon warehouses in the United States have been infected with the novel corona virus. The latest positive test report will be released Tuesday at a fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida.
US employees in camps in Florida, Michigan, New York, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas, the Washington Post, have now tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus reported.
A staff member from another Amazon fulfillment center in Jacksonville told Business Insider that the whisper of a positive COVID-19 test spread through his facility early Tuesday. The company itself has never made a formal announcement.
"Communication is very, very bad," said the source, asking for anonymity for fear of losing her job. "Lots of unfortunate employees," they continued, adding, "Like Trump, Amazon's response was slow, vague with the truth, and valued dollars over life."
In a statement, an Amazon spokesman told Business Insider that the company "supports individuals according to local government guidelines" and "takes extreme measures to ensure the safety of all employees at our locations." Business Insider asked for additional comments on certain employee complaints and will update them as necessary.
The first report of a positive COVID-19 test in an Amazon warehouse came on March 18. In this case, employees of a fulfillment center in Queens received a text informing them of the result of The Atlantic reported.
An employee at the Queens plant, asking for anonymity, told Business Insider that the company had stopped holding "stand-up" meetings at the start of the shift. The workers had complained that they had to gather shoulder to shoulder at the meetings in violation of the guidelines of the United States' disease control centers. In addition, the hourly targets for order fulfillment in this warehouse were suspended.
This employee also sent Business Insider a photo from his break room, showing that employees in at least one warehouse are instructed to stay three feet apart, not six feet, according to the CDC. The recommendations match those of the Word Health Organization recommendation to "Keep at least 1 meter between yourself and anyone who coughs or sneezes."
And while online shopping has helped many Americans avoid the risk of crowds, the employee said that Amazon's claim that only essential goods are shipped – which would allow greater social distance in its own warehouses – is not due to their experience is confirmed.
"I wouldn't call a ball gown or a Rolex" indispensable, "they told Business Insider.
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