CONCORD, N.C. — An employee at the Amazon facility in Concord, North Carolina has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from Amazon.
Amazon says they have informed employees at the site about the confirmed case and alerted associates who had close contact with the person who tested positive. Those associates have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to Amazon.
Amazon released the following statement to WCCB Charlotte’s CW:
We are supporting the individual who is recovering. We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.
Amazon says they are paying the employees for their time at home. All Amazon employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay.
The company says they have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning at all sites including regular sanitization of all door handles, stairway handrails, elevator buttons, lockers, and touch screens.
They have also adjusted practices to ensure social distancing is being used within their buildings, including:
- No stand-up meetings during shifts – all business essential information will be shared via boards near main areas and through conversations with managers, or HR team members
Moving chairs and spreading out tables in break rooms
Shift start times and break times are being staggered to promote social distancing
Suspended exit screening until further notice to ensure ease of movement near main entrances
Enabled temporary cell phone process for those who need to be in contact with their families or childcare providers
- Training will take place in small formats and with in-app training tools and other equipment
They are also requiring employees to stay home and seek medical attention if they are feeling unwell and have adjusted attendance policies to support this.
They say all employees are required to sanitize and clean their work stations and vehicles at the start and end of every shift with disinfectant/cleaning wipes.
All employees have been asked to defer non-essential travel.