Temporarily Closes Warehouse in Kentucky After Workers Test Positive for Covid-19

Daniel Fowler
March 25, 2020

That facility reopened the next day, according to workers.

In a letter sent to Bezos on Friday, US Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sanders and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. "We will temporarily stop taking orders on some non-essential products on Amazon.it and Amazon.fr", Amazon.com said in a statement provided to Reuters.

Several warehouse employees have told CNN Business they feel the company should be doing more to shield those at the core of its business who can't do their jobs from home.

The Journal examined more than 4,000 regulatory filings related to stock sales between February 1 and March 19 by corporate officers of companies traded in the U.S. Avoided losses for the seller are based on the change in the value of each stock between when it was sold and March 20.

BuzzFeed last week reported on worker conditions that defied the necessary precautions given by health authorities, citing multiple workers as stating that hand sanitizer and wipes were hard to find.

The Bullitt County Health Department reports the workers live in other counties and contact tracing is being conducted. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hopes to help those who have been put out of work.

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He encouraged those who have already lost their jobs during the outbreak to consider working for the retail giant.

"I'm not alone in being grateful for the work you are doing", Bezos wrote in a letter on Amazon's website. Others have complained about "stand-up" meetings, where workers stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the start of each shift. Some workers realized they weren't being given paid time off, despite it being outlined in Amazon's employee handbook. Bezos noted in the letter that the company has placed purchase orders for millions of face masks that it wants to give to its employees and contractors who can not work from home, but very few of those orders have been filled. "There is no documentation for the best way to feel at a time like this", he wrote, adding that his list of concerns includes everyone from his kids and family to Amazon workers, individuals who've gotten sick due to the virus, and the catastrophic financial harm that it's causing.

On Thursday, Rival retailer Walmart said it plans to hire 150,000 hourly associates in the United States and announced $550 million in cash bonuses to reward workers.

The note from Bezos comes as Amazon's hometown of Seattle has gone into lockdown, cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the company's increasingly overwhelmed warehouses and stay-at-home ordered Americans have turned to the delivery service of the self-styled everything store for everything. - read the full letter from the Amazon CEO below.

The senators have asked Amazon for a reply by no later than March 26.

Amazon has also announced that millions of masks will be distributed and social distance rules will be applied to ensure the safety of its workers.

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