Amazon threatened to shut down its Wisconsin campus
Published : Sunday, 24 May, 2020 at 11:42 PM Count : 197
Health officials in southeastern Wisconsin have warned Amazon that the Kenosha campus, 40 miles south of Milwaukee, could close if the agency does not fully cooperate with state testing and tracing efforts. The announcement came as at least 20 workers tested positive for the coronavirus on two occasions.
Kenosha County Health Officer Jane Freiheit told Kenosha News on Thursday, "To date, the Kanosha County Department of Health has struggled to get coordinated cooperation from Amazon in handling Covid-19 cases.
The technology giant has admitted 20 confirmed cases, an independent analysis of employee communications at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that at least 32 people have been infected with the H1 and H5 facility in the past two months.
The Kenosha campus where the first employee transition to the technology giant was confirmed on March 16th. Amazon, however, did not disclose the number of positive cases in its nationwide facilities. Kenosha County Health Department officials say Amazon is not fully cooperating with public health workers trying to track this spread.
"We're at this point now that we're not getting [cooperation], so we'll look at what other measures we can take with Amazon, because we're not doing as much as we'd like," said Freiheit told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A Guardian analysis from a public Facebook group found that employees at both facilities provided their test results to alert personal colleagues and often prevented access to health information from Amazon, with the company announcing it was wary of enforcement.-Internet