19,000 Amazon Workers Have Contracted COVID-19
On Thursday, Amazon released data regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus among its employees, according to CNBC.
The data is released here.
- The company record 19,816 presumed or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- The data was drawn from the 1.37 million Amazon and Whole Foods front-line employees.
Amazon expected the rate of infection among employees to be 42 percent higher, comparing it to the "general population rate" in the US. The company claims that the rate of infection in its warehouses is lower than the surrounding communities. However, that claim has been disputed by workers in the warehouses who claim the conditions are not safe and that the infection rate is higher.
Amazon has boomed amid the pandemic but faced scrutiny for keeping its warehouses open during the peak of COVID-19.