While Amazon has temporarily closed some facilities for deep cleaning in the wake of Covid-19 cases, it has not totally halted operations at any. The warehouses reportedly include those in Staten Island and Queens, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Moreno Valley, Calif.; Katy, Texas; Brownstown, Mich.; Shepherdsville, Ky.; Wallingford, Conn.; and Oklahoma City. This comes in light of a steady escalation of coronavirus cases in US, even as the country's government continues to put large sections of the country in lockdown and announces economic measures to soften the blow on the economy.
"We are following guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site", the spokesperson said.
Amazon told CNBC that its Queens warehouse was closed after a worker contracted the CCP virus.
A petition was launched by Amazon employees to "demand coronavirus protections" on March 17.
Amazon also has made changes at its work sites in accordance with social distancing, including eliminating standup meetings during shifts and staggering start and break times. The company has already released many of these new protocols.
In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Amazon says it has relied on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to craft a "series of preventative health measures" at all of its sites. Earlier, five Amazon warehouse employees-three in Spain and two in Italy-had tested positive for the disease.
This is a contrast to the treatment of white-collar workers in tech, with Amazon and other major United States tech firms closing down offices and mandating that workers work from home.
The contaminated employee hadn't been on the success center in a few weeks, Smalls stated - however, at a facility with greater than 2,500 full-time workers, Smalls feared that an impending outbreak is inevitable. "When our masks come, our first priority will be to put them in the hands of our employees and partners who work to provide essential products to people". More than 108,000 people have recovered from this illness.