An employee in Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, in accordance with a worker on the facility. The optimistic take a look at was shared amongst a small group of supervisors at a gathering late Tuesday morning — all whereas the ability has remained open for enterprise as regular, Chris Smalls, a fearful administration assistant on the facility, instructed The Post.
The contaminated worker was final at work on March 11 and is presently quarantined after receiving medical care, in accordance with the e-commerce large. The corporate didn’t deal with why the power remained open — or element any further cleansing procedures — however, stated it had suggested any staff who had been in shut contact with the worker to remain dwelling and self-quarantine for 14 days.
The contaminated employee hadn’t been on the success center in a few weeks, Smalls stated — however, at a facility with greater than 2,500 full-time workers, Smalls feared that an impending outbreak is inevitable.
Employees come in close contact with one another as a part of the character of the transport work and regularly eat subsequent to each other in a shared cafeteria, he stated. When an Amazon worker tested positive for the virus on the firm’s warehouse in Queens, Amazon told The Atlantic that the location had been cleaned each day and was briefly shut down for “additional sanitation.”
Smalls stated it was unclear why comparable procedures weren’t taken on Staten Island, apart from strain to satisfy manufacturing targets. He informed The Post he could be rallying in opposition to unsafe work circumstances exterior the warehouse in Bloomfield on Wednesday morning. The corporate on March 11 introduced that every one staff, both recognized with the coronavirus or who self-quarantine attributable to doable publicity, will obtain two weeks’ paid day off through the global pandemic.