Foreign media: the infection rate of new coronavirus in a warehouse of Amazon is 4 times that of surrounding areas


Sina science and technology news on the evening of June 30, Beijing time, according to foreign media reports, an internal memo from Amazon showed that last month, the infection rate of new coronavirus in a warehouse of Amazon in Minnesota reached more than four times that of surrounding communities.
In recent weeks, Amazon executives and speakers have said its U.S. warehouses are performing no worse, sometimes better, than their neighbors. “The new coronavirus infection rate among Amazon warehouse workers is slightly lower than the actual infection rate in the community,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president for global operations, said in an interview last month
So far, Amazon has refused to disclose how many workers are infected with the new coronavirus, citing the reason that such statistics are meaningless without considering the specific situation.
It is not clear whether the infection rate in other Amazon warehouses also exceeds that in the community. As of mid May, Amazon’s MSP1 plant in Shakopee, Minnesota, had detected 45 cases, enough to bring the infection rate to 1.7%, according to the internal memo.
That’s higher than the rural county around the warehouse, about four times as much as any county in nearby Minneapolis St. Paul. At that time, Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is located, reported an infection rate of 0.4%.
The memo did not specify whether Amazon executives believed employees were infected with the virus at work. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our team,” Amazon spokesman Kelly Cheeseman said in an email statement
Like other technology companies, Amazon has taken a series of measures after the outbreak of the new coronavirus. But employees complained that Amazon didn’t immediately notify employees after they were diagnosed with the virus.
As a result, workers have to make their own statistics to determine the prevalence of the virus in their warehouse. Jana jumpp, an Amazon warehouse worker in Indiana, who has been collecting data, said in mid May that at least 800 Amazon warehouse workers had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus.
Last night, Amazon announced that it would pay a one-time bonus of $500 (per person) to most front-line employees this month because they ensured the continued operation of its e-commerce business during the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The bonuses will cost the company about $500 million. (Li Ming)