But behind the scenes, Amazon closely followed the spread of the virus in at least one warehouse, according to an internal memo viewed by CNN Business. And his data could raise new concerns about the infection rate in his facilities.
The reminder, which appears to be updated until May 18, further divides the departments, shifts and counties of residence for the 45 workers who have confirmed they have coronavirus. The detailed details highlight how well the company is keeping the cases under control, despite having decided not to disclose this information to workers.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our teams. We have redeployed a large number of our data scientists, technicians and operational employees to focus on Covid-19 and ensure the safety of our workforce, including thousands of people on our health and teams. of security, “Amazon spokesman Kelly Cheeseman said in a statement to CNN Business. Cheeseman added that “a thorough site analysis is one of many tools that help us evaluate the complete picture of our Covid-19 related buildings.”
Amazon, which has not denied the existence of the reminder, has not answered a question as to whether it is collecting similar information on its other sites.
“We use a variety of data to closely monitor the safety of our buildings and there is clear evidence that our employees are not proliferating the virus at work – what we generally see is that the overall rate of infection and the increase or decrease of the total cases is highly correlated to the overall infection rate of the community, “said Cheeseman in the statement. “Over the months of Covid-19, thousands of employees and partners have worked on our Shakopee site and we firmly believe that people are not spreading the virus on the job, given the solid security measures we have put in place.”
According to the reminder, Amazon is “regularly engaged” with the Minnesota Department of Health and the county health departments applicable to positive cases. But the memo also shows a significant desire by workers for more information. In the first two weeks of May, according to the reminder, the Shakopee facility saw “64% of security comments requiring transparency in details regarding infected Covid [Amazon Associates], requesting shift information, total counts and the most up-to-date information. ”
“This memo shows [Amazon] he knows the details, but they have hidden us, “said Hibaq Mohamed, who has worked as an Amazon associate for more than three and a half years at the Shakopee facility and has asked for more security precautions.” I don’t want to tell us, but this virus is deadly. ”
William Stolz, an Amazon collaborator at the Shakopee plant, told CNN Business that “the data coming out really supports everything that workers have said in recent months about how bad the spread on Amazon is.”
Amazon has seen an increase in demand during the pandemic while people stay at home and view its products and services as a lifeline for the essentials for the home. But it has also become subject to greater control over the workplace conditions of its 110 distribution centers across North America with 400,000 employees.
Amazon said it shared with employees when there is a confirmed case in which they work, but workers said the communication was inconsistent. For example, an Amazon spokesman previously confirmed to CNN Business that although he once included a number of confirmed cases during worker notification, he stopped doing so because he does not believe the number is useful.