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Warehouse Workers from Six U.S. Amazon Locations Test Positive for COVID-19

Warehouse Workers from Six U.S. Amazon Locations Test Positive for COVID-19

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As most of the population is following orders or precautions placed by their governors, online sales are soaring.

The online sales rush has pushed Amazon to hire around 100,000 new workers, adding to the 800,000 that they currently employ. Amazon has 175 warehouses across the globe. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been in the United States, employees at six warehouses in the United States have tested positive, according to the Washington Post. The COVID-19 positive workers are in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Oklahoma.

In an attempt to stop further spread of the virus, workers who were in close contact with those who tested positive have been quarantined and the locations have been closed for cleaning, the e-commerce giant stated.

In addition to those testing positive in the United States, warehouse employees in Spain and Italy have also tested positive. The massive hiring is necessary as a result of the surge in orders from those who are quarantined either willingly, after they were urged to do so by their state government, or after being ordered to do so.  This increase in orders has left Amazon unable to fulfill orders in a timely manner. In order to keep employees and as an incentive to new employees, Amazon is paying $2 per hour more until April. 

As most of the population is following orders or precautions placed by their governors, online sales are soaring.

The online sales rush has pushed Amazon to hire around 100,000 new workers, adding to the 800,000 that they currently employ. Amazon has 175 warehouses across the globe. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been in the United States, employees at six warehouses in the United States have tested positive, according to the Washington Post. The COVID-19 positive workers are in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Oklahoma.

In an attempt to stop further spread of the virus, workers who were in close contact with those who tested positive have been quarantined and the locations have been closed for cleaning, the e-commerce giant stated.

In addition to those testing positive in the United States, warehouse employees in Spain and Italy have also tested positive. The massive hiring is necessary as a result of the surge in orders from those who are quarantined either willingly, after they were urged to do so by their state government, or after being ordered to do so.  This increase in orders has left Amazon unable to fulfill orders in a timely manner. In order to keep employees and as an incentive to new employees, Amazon is paying $2 per hour more until April. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is passed on in several ways to all 50 states in the Continental United States, with 27 states reporting community spread. The disease is spread when someone with the virus sneezes or coughs and respiratory droplets land in the mouths or noses of people within around 6’, the CDC said . The virus is also believed to be contagious before the carrier is symptomatic. COVID-19 can live on a surface for hours to days and is spread by a person touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. 

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