Nikol Szymul staffs a reception desk at Amazon workplaces discretely tucked into a developing named Fiona in downtown Seattle, Washington on Could 11, 2017.
An Amazon personnel has tested favourable for the COVID-19 coronavirus at an office environment in Seattle and is in quarantine, the organization verified to CNBC.
Amazon notified personnel of the situation through e mail on Friday, a supply shut to the firm informed CNBC. It can be not obvious which place of work the staff performs out of. Amazon is headquartered in Seattle and has numerous workplaces downtown.
“We’re supporting the afflicted personnel who is in quarantine,” an Amazon spokesperson explained in a statement.
Amazon has notified the staff who might have been in direct make contact with with the unique, the organization stated. The danger of transmission for workforce who were not in close contact with this unique is assessed to be minimal, Amazon additional.
The employee has not returned to the office environment since they have been identified with the virus. Amazon staff at the firm’s Seattle and Bellevue, Washington places of work have been working remotely given that March 5.
It marks the second regarded circumstance of an Amazon worker contracting the coronavirus. Amazon confirmed March 3 that an staff doing the job out of its Brazil business office constructing in Seattle tested beneficial for the virus. The enterprise notified staff of the circumstance in a memo, indicating, “The employee went residence experience unwell on Tuesday, February 25 and has not entered Amazon offices considering the fact that that time.”
On Thursday, Amazon encouraged world workforce who are in a position to work from house to do so as a result of the stop of March. The directive applies to employees at Amazon’s company offices.
Unlike employees at Amazon’s corporate workplaces, several success heart staff members and shipping and delivery motorists are unable to carry out their work responsibilities whilst performing from home. Final 7 days, Amazon moved to tackle the exclusive demands of fulfillment centers and shipping by launching a $25 million reduction fund. The “Amazon Relief Fund” will allow these workforce to utilize for grants that are equal to or up to two weeks of spend if they are identified with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
The business also explained it will supply up to two months of pay out to all workers diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine, helpful promptly. This is in addition to endless unpaid time off for all hourly workers as a result of the thirty day period of March, which CNBC beforehand documented.
As of Saturday afternoon, there were being more than 147,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus all over the world and at minimum 5,539 fatalities from the virus. There had been at the very least 2,174 confirmed instances of the coronavirus in the U.S. and at the very least 47 deaths.
— CNBC’s Bertha Coombs contributed to this report