A warehouse Amazon, Minnesota, was the site of a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota., Has 88 positive cases in about 70 days. It employs approximately 1,000 people, which means that approximately 1 to 12 employees contracted the virus.
Cases were reported from April 4 to June 14, most of which occurred between late April and mid-May.
The Minnesota Department of Health said the epidemic at the Shakopee warehouse is one of the largest it has seen, but not the worst. A meatpacking plant in Cold Spring, Minn., Seen 194 cases in May.
Amazon has improved since the implementation of the new recommendations and is working to mitigate the spread, according to state officials.
A total of 187 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed among Amazon workers across Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. However, it is unclear whether employees contracted the disease at work.
The company said it does not believe the infections are spread in the workplace.
“We use a variety of data to closely monitor the security of our buildings and there is strong evidence that our employees are not at the spread of the virus at work,” Amazon spokesperson Timothy Carter said. “What we see is that generally the overall rate of infection and the increase or decrease in the total number of cases is strongly correlated with the overall community of infection rates. During the months of COVID-19, thousands of employees and partners have worked at our Shakopee site and we firmly believe that people are not spreading the virus at work given the robustness of the security measures we have set up. ”
Amazon has repeatedly refused to provide a full count of how many workers tested positive or died from COVID-19.
According to NBC News count, at least 10 Amazon warehouse workers have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The number of deaths among warehouse workers in New York, Illinois, California, Indiana and Ohio.
Amazon is not alone in seeing an increase in cases. Factories and warehouses across the country have often seen the growing number, including many meatpacking factories, a manufacturer of beauty products and a factory that makes wind turbine blades.
Amazon said it performs contact tracing whenever there is a positive test and uses video surveillance to track employees’ location and proximity to each other.
Amazon has been under pressure from current and former employees to provide security at its warehouses.
A Minnesota worker, Jamal Omer, voiced concerns about his manager’s warehouse conditions before he tested positive last month.
“Every day, I am worried,” Omer said. “I have complained many times. “
His wife, two of his children and his 75-year-old mother-in-law also tested positive.
Amazon said it began deep cleaning of high-key areas, such as elevator buttons, door handles and handrails, in late February and early March. The masks were made available and required by all departure workers on April 15, and a few weeks later began a process of spraying disinfectant called “fogging” into its warehouses, the company said.