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An eighth Amazon warehouse employee has died from COVID-19

An eighth Amazon worker has died of COVID-19. The information comes as the corporate is underneath scrutiny for failing to be extra clear concerning the wider variety of infections amongst its warehouse staff.

A spokesperson confirmed the stories of the dying, telling TechCrunch, “We are saddened by the lack of an affiliate who had labored at our web site in Randall, Ohio. “Her household and family members are in our ideas, and we’re supporting her fellow colleagues.”

According to the corporate, the employee in North Randall, a village exterior of Cleveland, was despatched house from work on April 30. She acquired a constructive check just a little over every week later, on May 8. Amazon says it notified fellow staff of the dying and has supplied counseling to colleagues.

The total variety of Amazon staff who’ve examined constructive for the virus stays a thriller. The firm stands by its choice to not disclose such data. “We don’t suppose that quantity is tremendous useful,” it has stated beforehand. In an announcement supplied to TechCrunch, it added: 

Our charges of an infection are at or beneath the charges of the communities the place we function. We see that in our quarantine charges as properly. Quarantine charges are a essential half to understanding what’s taking place within the office – it exhibits that our onerous work round social distancing is paying off. Unlike others who cover past HIPAA, we alert each individual on the web site anytime there’s a confirmed prognosis. This alert to staff is a direct textual content message noting when the individual with the confirmed prognosis was final within the constructing.

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The lack of transparency is certainly one of plenty of sources of criticism surrounding Amazon’s COVID-19 response.

While the corporate has repeatedly maintained that it has performed all it could possibly to guard the workers in its achievement facilities, potential publicity to the virus amongst warehouse staff is troublesome to keep away from, even with the right PPE. Earlier this month, a letter from 13 state attorneys basic demanded that Amazon disclose the variety of staff who’ve been impacted by the virus.

“We have requested however not acquired data on how most of the Companies’ staff have been contaminated with COVID-19, and what number of have died from it,” the letter reads. “Please present a state-by-state breakdown for every Company with this data.”

Earlier this week, The New York Times famous one notably onerous hit warehouse in northeastern Pennsylvania, the place greater than 100 staff have apparently examined constructive for the virus. The precise determine is unknown, as Amazon won’t disclose it. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel famous that not less than 30 staff on the close by Kenosha warehouse have examined constructive for the virus.

As extra housebound Americans depend on Amazon for deliveries, staff have largely fallen underneath the “important providers” pointers issued by many states. In mid-May, the corporate prolonged its $2 an hour “hazard pay bonuses” via the top of the month. Amazon confirmed that it’ll return to straightforward salaries, come June, stating: 

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To thank staff and assist meet elevated demand, we’ve paid our crew and companions almost $800 million further since COVID-19 began whereas persevering with to supply full advantages from day certainly one of employment. With demand stabilized, subsequent month we’ll return to our industry-leading beginning wage of $15 an hour.

The firm has been topic to extra scrutiny over the firing of a number of staff which have raised public issues over its therapy of staff through the disaster. While Amazon has repeatedly denied the firings have been retaliation, the stories have been sufficient to warrant one other letter, this time from plenty of high-profile senators, together with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.


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