The positive test was shared among a small group of supervisors at a meeting late Tuesday morning all while the facility has remained open for business as usual, Chris Smalls, a anxious management assistant at the facility, told The Post. 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. "We're also requiring employees and delivery service partners to clean and disinfect their work stations". An Amazon spokesperson told the Washington Post that the company is taking "extreme measures to ensure the safety of all the employees" on its sites.
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The online retailer said Tuesday the Shepherdsville warehouse was undergoing "additional sanitization". The company is already alerting visitors to its website of longer delivery times and encouraging customers to choose hasty delivery if their needs are not urgent. That facility reopened the next day, according to workers.
Amazon workers and their supporters blamed that the company for failing to protect its hundreds of thousands of employees and delivery workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
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. Earlier, five Amazon warehouse employees-three in Spain and two in Italy-had tested positive for the disease.More news: Chef Floyd Cardoz dead at 59 from coronavirus complications
In a blog post published Wednesday, Amazon assured the public that it has been cleaning the affected facilities and that the infected individuals have been quarantined.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed 18,916 people across the world.
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