Tuesday, December 7

Amazon reports over 19,000, or 1.44%, of US frontline employees had COVID-19


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Amazon said that out of its 1,372,000 frontline employees at Amazon and its Whole Foods Market subsidiary, 19,816 tested positive or were presumed to have COVID-19 between March 1 and Sept. 19. The figure includes seasonal staff and those who may have been infected outside work, it said.

By contrast, 33,952 would have contracted the virus had Amazon’s rate equaled that of the general populace, when accounting for employees’ age and geography, it said.

Minnesota had the highest rate with nearly 32 infections per 1,000 workers, versus nearly 16 for the public. Amazon has butted heads with a labor group there; it did not have comment on the specific rate.

“This information would be more powerful if there were similar data from other major employers to compare it to,” Amazon said in the blog post, adding that it hopes the numbers “will prove useful as states make decisions about reopening public facilities and employers consider whether and how to bring people back to work.” (Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by David Gregorio and Leslie Adler)



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