The rate of new cases there appears to have declined in June, she said, and the rate of spread is likely lower than the surrounding metro area now. The information you requested is not available at this time, please check back again soon. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in May led a coalition of her peers asking Amazon to make public data on infections among its workers and employees of Whole Foods, a subsidiary. Covid-19 cases at an Inc. warehouse in Minnesota last month exceeded by at least four times the infection rate of surrounding communities, according to an internal memo reviewed by Bloomberg. They said managers didn’t seem responsive to their concerns and didn’t share with them the severity of the outbreak in their ranks. Joni Scheftel, Minnesota’s state public health veterinarian before the pandemic forced her to add oversight of large employers, said state data suggest cases peaked at the Shakopee facility between April 24 and May 30. Like many companies that kept their doors open during the pandemic, Amazon was caught off guard by the severity of the crisis. At busy locations during peak shopping hours, the crush of contract shoppers and regular customers can cause traffic jams. “We utilize a variety of data to closely monitor the safety of our buildings, and there is strong evidence that our employees are not proliferating the virus at work. That eroded the sway of regional managers who had helped the chain build a reputation for launching small brands you couldn’t find elsewhere. Nearby counties, where most of the workers who caught Covid-19 live and commute to the facility by car, had rates between 0.2% in suburban Dakota County, to 0.4% in Hennepin County. Scheftel said the state hadn’t asked Amazon for its own coronavirus data or documents about its cases or internal protocols. (One former employee likens Whole Foods to “a big old cuddly nonprofit that accidentally became a corporation.”). . Amazon said in its blog post that it was ramping up an in-house coronavirus testing program launched earlier this year, and hoped to conduct 50,000 tests a day by next month. Bloomberg’s daily technology newsletter is chronicling the impact of Covid-19 on the global tech industry. Amazon addressed the comments with notices posted to the same boards and verbal communications with workers, the authors wrote. She’s turned off by stubbornly high prices, and a decline in selection that seems to have grown more acute during the pandemic. Matt Day. Debbie Berkowitz, director of the worker safety and health program at the National Employment Law Project, said that in the absence of tougher federal rules dictating how companies should deal with Covid-19 outbreaks, the responsibility for keeping employees informed about the safety of their workplace falls to businesses. (Oct 2): Inc. says it’s aware of almost 20,000 employees who have tested positive for Covid-19 during the pandemic, a disclosure that follows criticism from some lawmakers and employees that … Scheftel, who has toured the Shakopee warehouse and joined calls with Amazon managers, said she was impressed by the company’s social-distancing measures, and didn’t see any obvious areas inside the building where workers might be passing the disease among themselves. The research firm says the chain is losing former devotees like Harnisch, and replacing some of them with a younger, more urban cohort of shoppers, many of whom are already plugged into Prime, Amazon’s membership program, but are typically less wealthy. The memo doesn’t specify whether Amazon managers believed employees contracted the coronavirus on the job.

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