AMAZON IS TEMPORARILY suspending a New York delivery station after one of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. Rena Lunak, a spokesperson for the retail giant, told The Atlantic that the employee is now in quarantine and that the warehouse has stepped up its “daily deep cleaning” efforts there as a precaution.
“We are supporting the individual who is now in quarantine,” Lunak said.
“In addition to our enhanced daily deep cleaning, we’ve temporarily closed the Queens delivery station for additional sanitation and have sent associates home with full pay.”Workers at the facility in Queens, a borough of New York City, were first notified of the confirmed patient via a text message Wednesday evening.”We’re writing to let you know that a positive case of the (COVID-19) was found at our facility today,” the text read.
The text stated that management sent day-shift workers home in order to clean the sorting facility, known as DBK1, The Atlantic reported.Two Amazon employees were diagnosed with the COV-19 at the company’s Seattle headquarters, but this is the first positive case among Amazon’s hourly warehouse employees in the U.S., who make up a majority of the company’s 600,000 employees.
The warehouse closure is a setback for Amazon, which is already struggling to meet demands of consumers turning to delivery as they quarantine or self-isolate in their homes around the country.There are at least 9,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. New York state has the highest number of cases with nearly 3,100. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,300 of those cases were across the five boroughs of New York City.
Earlier this month, Amazon announced that all employees diagnosed with the COV-19 or placed in quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay. The company also began offering unlimited paid time off for all hourly employees through the end of March.
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