Amazon reports over 19,000 U.S. frontline employees had COVID-19
(Reuters)-On Thursday, more than 19,000 of its frontline employees, Amazon.com Inc., < AMZN.O >, this year contracted coronaviruses, or 1.44% of their total, to allow the disclosure demanded by employees who opposed the response of the world's largest e-commercial firm, COVID-19.
In recent months, some personnel, government leaders and labor groups have said that Amazon is endangering the welfare of staff by holding warehouses open amid a pandemic.
Amazon reported the outbreak rate was 42 percent smaller than predicted in the general community, given the dissemination of the virus.
Amazon urged other firms to disclose similar statistics in a blog article.
It said that by November, internally established capability would extend viral testing to 50,000 U.S. workers every day.
Amazon's announcement provides a rare glimpse into the effects of the disease on a major US employer.
In order to accommodate an increase in shoppers' demand, Amazon has retained its facilities accessible and introduced temperature sensors, social distancing tools and other protection protocols for its employees.
The business said that out of 1,372,000 frontline workers and the affiliate of the Whole Foods Sector, between March 1 and Sept 19 were 19,816 or accused of getting COVID-19.
The number covers saison employees and others infected outside of the office, he added.
33,952 individuals may have developed the infection, in comparison, if the Amazon incidence was the same as the general population, it states.
With almost 32 infections per 1,000 employees, Minnesota reported the highest incidence of infection, relative to almost 16 for the public.
There was no statement on the particular rate by the heads of the workgroup in Amazon.
Amazon says in the https:/www.aboutamazon.com blog article, as there is a possibility as comparable data by other big companies would be helpful, when states make choices regarding the reopening of public buildings and companies decide when and how they will get workers back to work. "This data is more effective as there are comparable data from other key employers to compare with it.
(San Francisco article by Jeffrey Dastin; David Gregorio editorial and Leslie Adler editorial)