Amazon shuts New Jersey facility until Dec. 26 on virus spike amongst staff

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Amazon shuts New Jersey facility until Dec. 26 on virus spike amongst staff

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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:) stated on Sunday it had closed one in every of its warehouses in New Jersey out of warning until Dec. 26, after seeing a rise in asymptomatic constructive instances amongst staff.

“By way of our in-house COVID-19 testing program, we detected a rise within the variety of asymptomatic constructive instances at our PNE5 facility in northern New Jersey and have proactively closed the location till December twenty sixth out of an abundance of warning,” an Amazon spokeswoman stated in an announcement to Reuters.

Amazon, the world’s largest on-line retailer, stated it is not anticipating any impacts to operations or deliveries attributable to this shutdown.

It didn’t specify the variety of staff who contracted the illness at its PNE5 facility, which is a sorting middle.

The corporate, nevertheless stated, that its workers shall be paid for the shifts that they miss due to the shutdown of the power.

In October, Amazon stated greater than 19,000 of its U.S. frontline staff contracted the coronavirus this 12 months, or 1.44% of the full, a disclosure sought by labor advocates who’ve criticized the COVID-19 response of the corporate.

Some workers, elected officers and unions in latest months have stated Amazon put its workers’ well being in danger by retaining warehouses open in the course of the pandemic.

The corporate had stated it will broaden virus testing to 50,000 U.S. workers per day by November by internally constructed capability.

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