Amazon warehouses hit by COVID-19

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    Amazon warehouses are facing a growing tide of COVID-19 cases, with at least nine facilities hit so far, according to Amazon and local media reports.

    CNN reports that one person who works in an Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island, New York, tested positive for the virus.

    The person, who was last at work physically on March 11th, is in quarantine and recovering, Amazon said.

    That case marks the second to affect Amazon warehouses in New York, the first being in Queens.

    Other positive cases have also been reported at Amazon facilities in Moreno Valley (California), Jacksonville (Florida), Shepherdsville (Kentucky), Brownstown (Michigan), Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Katy (Texas), and Wallingford (Connecticut).

    Amazon has temporarily closed some sites, such as the Queens location, but has largely refrained from mass closures.

    The company is reportedly taking “extreme measures” to ensure the safety of employees, including regularly sanitizing door handles, elevator buttons, lockers and touch screens, as well as staggering shifts and spreading out chairs in break rooms.


    CAN COVID-19 BE TRANSMITTED THOUGH PACKAGES?

    According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the virus is spread through respiratory droplets and there is currently no evidence to support its transmission via imported goods.

    On its website, the CDC says “In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures”.

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