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Workers tested positive for the disease at Amazon facilities in New York City; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Jacksonville, Florida; Katy, Texas; Brownstown, Michigan; and Oklahoma City, the Post reported, citing Amazon and local news reports. Some of those facilities were shut down for cleaning, and some employees who were in close contact with the infected employees have been quarantined.
The new cases come less than a week after the internet retailer reported its first case of a warehouse employee infection, at a facility in Queens, New York. Amazon workers and their supporters have also voiced serious concerns that the company will fail to protect its hundreds of thousands of employees and delivery workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
"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," an Amazon spokesperson said. Amazon also said it's asked anyone who was in close contact with diagnosed individuals to stay home in self-quarantine, with pay for 14 days .
This issue is something customers will need to worry about, too, since shoppers now rely even more on e-commerce companies like Amazon to deliver food, toiletries and other staples while they're asked to stay home. If warehouses have to close due to the pandemic, it could reduce or slow down shipments.
Amazon also said it's increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing at all sites, including all door handles, stairway handrails, elevator buttons and touch screens,among others. It's staggered start and break times and suspended exit screenings.
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