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18 May 2020

Author:
Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News

Amazon faces calls for increased transparency regarding worker infections & deaths due to COVID-19; incl. company comment

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"Family of Amazon employee who died of COVID-19: 'We want answers,'" 15 May 2020

As Amazon faces increased calls for transparency over how many employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the company confirmed... that another warehouse worker in New York has died amid the pandemic... "We just want to get his story out there because we don't think that Amazon is doing enough to protect their workers"... [said niece of worker who died].

... [A] coalition of 13 attorneys general... sent a letter to Amazon pressing for stronger measures to protect the health and safety of workers amid the pandemic, and requesting information on how many workers have been infected and how many have died... In an interview that aired Sunday with CBS, Amazon's head of operations, Dave Clark [said]... "The actual ... total number of cases isn't particularly useful because it's relative to the size of the building and then the overall community infection rate..." [Another Amazon spokesperson Rachael] Lighty... [said] that ensuring the health and safety of employees is a "top concern" for Amazon, adding that they "expect to invest approximately $4 billion from April to June on COVID-related initiatives to get products to customers and keep employees safe."

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