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An employee at Amazon’s Reno distribution center off North Virginia Street has tested positive for COVID-19.
The positive test was confirmed by Alyssa Bronikowski, a spokesperson for the company, who said they are “supporting the individual who is recovering,” in a statement to the Reno Gazette Journal.
“We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site,” Bronikowski said.
It’s unclear how many people work in the 630,000-square-foot facility, but the company announced it was looking to hire an additional 800 workers in Nevada to help meet the surge of online shopping due to COVID-19.
There are currently 549 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washoe County and 14 people have died.
Any Amazon employee who has had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient is being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. They will be paid for that time.
The person who tested positive will also be paid for two weeks-worth of work.
Employees at the site have also been made aware of the case. The company has also implemented several safety procedures that encourage social distancing, increased cleaning and implemented daily temperature screenings, among other things.
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