Second Amazon employee in Seattle tests positive for the coronavirus

Nikol Szymul staffs a reception desk at Amazon places of work discretely tucked into a creating referred to as Fiona in downtown Seattle, Washington on Might 11, 2017.

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An Amazon worker has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at an business in Seattle and is in quarantine, the corporation confirmed to CNBC. 

Amazon notified personnel of the situation by way of e mail on Friday, a source near to the firm advised CNBC. It truly is not crystal clear which business the worker will work out of. Amazon is headquartered in Seattle and has a number of offices downtown. 

“We are supporting the impacted personnel who is in quarantine,” an Amazon spokesperson explained in a statement.

Amazon has notified the staff who may well have been in direct call with the specific, the company said. The threat of transmission for staff who were being not in shut call with this particular person is assessed to be small, Amazon extra. 

The worker has not returned to the place of work since they were being diagnosed with the virus. Amazon staff members at the firm’s Seattle and Bellevue, Washington workplaces have been performing remotely due to the fact March 5. 

It marks the next acknowledged situation of an Amazon personnel contracting the coronavirus. Amazon verified March 3 that an employee performing out of its Brazil place of work constructing in Seattle tested optimistic for the virus. The business notified employees of the situation in a memo, expressing, “The personnel went home sensation unwell on Tuesday, February 25 and has not entered Amazon workplaces given that that time.” 

On Thursday, Amazon encouraged world wide employees who are in a position to perform from household to do so by means of the close of March. The directive applies to workers at Amazon’s company offices. 

Unlike employees at Amazon’s company places of work, several success center employees and shipping and delivery motorists can’t carry out their position duties although doing work from residence. Last 7 days, Amazon moved to tackle the distinctive needs of achievement facilities and delivery by launching a $25 million aid fund. The “Amazon Relief Fund” will allow these workforce to use for grants that are equivalent to or up to two months of spend if they are diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

The company also stated it will deliver up to two months of pay to all employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or put into quarantine, successful right away. This is in addition to limitless unpaid time off for all hourly workforce by the month of March, which CNBC beforehand described. 

As of Saturday afternoon, there were much more than 147,000 verified scenarios of the coronavirus around the globe and at minimum 5,539 fatalities from the virus. There were being at the very least 2,174 confirmed instances of the coronavirus in the U.S. and at least 47 deaths. 

— CNBC’s Bertha Coombs contributed to this report

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