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On Thursday, Amazon released comprehensive data on the spread of the coronavirus among its employees, revealing for the first time that more than 19,000 workers, or 1.44% of the total, contracted the virus this year.
Between March 1 and September 19, Amazon counted 19,816 alleged or confirmed Covid-1
The total does not include Amazon’s network of third-party delivery drivers, who handle a portion of last-mile deliveries. It’s unclear how many contract drivers make up Amazon’s third-party delivery network, but the company previously said it added nearly 85,000 jobs in the US, Canada, UK, Spain and Germany.
At that level, Amazon said the infection rate among employees was 42% lower than expected, compared to the “general population rate” in the United States. If Amazon’s infection rates were in line with the community, the total number of cases would have reached 33,952, the company said.
The company has long argued that the infection rate in its warehouses is lower than in surrounding communities, although this has been disputed by workers, particularly at an Amazon warehouse in Minnesota, where infection rates have exceeded. community levels.
Amazon also provided an update on its progress by providing coronavirus tests to frontline workers. Thousands of tests are conducted every day, and Amazon expects to grow to 50,000 tests per day in 650 facilities by November.
CNBC previously reported that Amazon’s goal is to test most of its frontline workers every two weeks, with employees undergoing nasal swab tests. The company previously said it would invest its $ 4 billion expected second-quarter profit in its response to Covid-19 and spend $ 1 billion on testing throughout the year.
Amazon has created a dedicated team of researchers, program managers, procurement specialists, and software engineers to rapidly scale up its testing capabilities. It has built its own laboratory to develop coronavirus testing capacity, with teams focused on these efforts in Sunnyvale, California and Hebron Kentucky.
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