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Amazon Says It Is Building COVID-19 Testing Labs For Its Employees

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Amazon has announced that it is building its own testing labs to monitor the health of its employees. This will also help the company keep its fulfillment centers open for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.


More than 50 Amazon facilities have recorded at least one case of an employee infected with COVID-19. This is threatening to shut down the company’s operations.


The company has more than 175 fulfillment centers which include about 110 in North America only. The company is pivotal in helping the millions staying at home, to shop for groceries. Demand for its services has also exploded and it is now only prioritizing essential goods.


Amazon says it has assembled a team to build its own “incremental testing capacity”.


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Amazon workers setting up an Amazon-owned COVID-19 testing lab.    Photo: Amazon
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The eCommerce giants also added in a blog post that it had made more than 150 “significant process changes” in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


“Our operations sites and grocery stores are distributing masks to employees and conducting employee temperature checks. A next step might be regular testing of all employees, including those showing no symptoms. Regular testing on a global scale across all industries would both help keep people safe and help get the economy back up and running,” the company said in a statement.


In addition, Amazon explained that it is assembling a COVID-19 testing lab of its own because testing resources were limited.


“We have begun assembling the equipment we need to build our first lab and hope to start testing small numbers of our front line employees soon. We are not sure how far we will get in the relevant timeframe, but we think it’s worth trying, and we stand ready to share anything we learn with others,” It said


According to Bloomberg, at least one Amazon facility is under investigation for not doing enough to ensure the safety of its employees.


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