Amazon has announced that 19,816 of its front-line employees at Amazon and Whole Foods have tested positive or been presumed positive for the coronavirus during the pandemic https://t.co/q8BZRLjR4R— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) October 1, 2020
Between March 1 and Sept. 19, Amazon counted 19,816 presumed or confirmed Covid-19 cases across its roughly 1.37 million Amazon and Whole Foods Market front-line employees across the U.S. The news offered a rare look at Amazon, who took pressure from elected officials and unions for months to close warehouses with outbreaks. Amazon instead has kept facilities open to meet a surge in demand from shoppers stuck at home. Amazon’s lack of transparency, combined with the lack of federal protections for U.S. workers who contract infectious diseases in the workplace, make it almost impossible to track the spread of Covid-19 at one of America’s largest employers during a coronavirus-led boom in online retail.