Amazon Says More Than 19,000 Employees Contracted Coronavirus
Amazon drops alarming statistics and, in case you were wondering, life on the frontlines is not easy for their employees … nearly 20,000 of them, they say, have caught COVID-19 .
The shipping giant made the revelation Thursday in a report on its testing policies and response to the health crisis. Amazon said that between March 1 and September 19 … 19,816 employees were suspected or confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus. That’s on their roughly 1.37 million employees at Amazon and Whole Foods Market.
While the number is surprising, Amazon says its infection rate among employees was far below expectations. the company noted it could have reached 33,952 sick workers if its rate of infection were parallel to that of the general population.
BTW, statistics do not include third party delivery drivers.
Amazon says it is currently performing thousands of tests per day in its warehouses, and by November they could perform up to 50,000 tests per day at 650 facilities.
The news comes months after Amazon went into damage control mode following reports of overworked employees who said they did not feel safe from the virus. The company had previously refused to disclose the number of infected workers.
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