The 1,44% of Amazon employees, 19.816 employees, have tested positive for COVID-19, the company said in a blog post.
The company says it employs 1.372.000 front-line employees at both Amazon and Whole Foods.
This announcement is the first time Amazon has revealed how many of its employees have been infected by COVID-19 and comes after months of calls for increased transparency from the company's employees, governments and investors.
Amazon warehouse workers reportedly contacted each other to try to determine how many of their colleagues had been infected by corona. The revelation is also noteworthy, as following comments from the Amazon senior vice president about global business, Dave Clark, who said that "The total number of cases is not very usefulIn a 60-minute interview.
Amazon notes that the 19.816 cases of COVID-19 patients are lower than the 33.952 estimated it would score, if it compares its total number of employees with a general percentage of cases reported by the University Johns Hopkins. However, while this can color Amazon in a positive way, at least 10 workers died from the disease, as confirmed by NBC News with Amazon yesterday. The company did not discuss these deaths in today's blog post.
Amazon says it conducts thousands of COVID-19 tests a day, aiming to perform 50.000 test per day, until November. The company also states that it has distributed more than 100 million masks has introduced temperature controls and introduced "improved cleansing procedures".
However, workers at a warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, told The Verge that the cleaning was uneven and that the space was too crowded for proper social distance in May. Note that three warehouse workers sued Amazon in June, claiming that their working conditions put them at risk of infection with COVID-19.