A state-by-state breakdown of cases showed the highest infection rate of Amazon employees was in Minnesota, where 3.17% of Amazon workers were believed to have caught Covid-19, double the rate infection in the wider population. However, the data did not give the absolute number of workers infected in each state or whether warehouse workers were more vulnerable.
Amazon, which has a market value of $ 1.6 billion (£ 1.2 billion) and whose largest shareholder is its founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, said that ‘he was investing “hundreds of millions of dollars” in his own coronavirus tests. program. It plans to perform 50,000 tests per day at 650 sites by November.
Athena, a coalition of U.S. activist groups campaigning for greater regulatory oversight of Amazon, called for immediate investigations into the company by public health officials as well as regular reports on the number of ’employees with Covid-19.
Athena director Dania Rajendra said in a declaration: “Amazon has allowed Covid-19 to spread like wildfire in its facilities, endangering the health of tens of thousands of people who work at Amazon – as well as their family members, neighbors and friends .
“Amazon is, without a doubt, a threat to public health.”
Amazon’s blog said the company offers its employees full health insurance and paid time off for any workers needing to be quarantined. She also instituted new cleansing regimes and other processes to reduce the spread of the virus, the company said.