Amazon had repeatedly failed to share extensive data with the public and with its own workers about the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in its warehouses, which have become important hubs for household supplies during the pandemic. Despite several confirmed cases on Amazon stores across the country and around the world, the e-commerce giant has downplayed the importance of releasing site or aggregate data, making it difficult to get a clear picture of the total infections on its sites.
In a blog post, the company said it conducted a “thorough analysis of data on all 1
,372,000 front-line employees at Amazon and Whole Foods Market across the United States who were employed at any time from March 1 to September 19, 2020.”
Amazon said it then compared its rates with the general population in the same period using reports from Johns Hopkins University. It claimed that the number of employees who tested or were supposed to be positive was 42% lower than expected based on this comparison.
Dave Clark, senior vice president of global operations at Amazon, said earlier that the total number of cases “is not very useful because it is relative to the size of the building and then the overall infection rate in the community,” in an interview with CBS ‘”60 Protocol “, sent in May. The company now appears to be taking a different stance on the matter.