AT least two Amazon employees have died from coronavirus after another worker in California lost his battle with the deadly bug this week, reports say.
A company spokesperson confirmed the tragic news Thursday, telling The Sun the man had “no symptoms when he was at the fulfillment center.’
It is not clear when the Tracy worker contracted the disease but reports indicate his last day at the warehouse was April 1.
Spokesperson Kristen Kish said: “We are saddened by the loss of an associate at our site in Tracy, California.
“His family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting his fellow colleagues in the days ahead.”
Amazon representatives told The Sun when they learned of his death, they immediately reached out to his family and alerted the Tracy facility.
His devastated co-worker would only speak to ABC 10 under the condition of anonymity as she feared losing her job.
“My stomach is in knots like all day every day, but you know, you’ve gotta go to work,” the packer said.
“I don’t want to lose my job. I’ve been homeless before, and I don’t want to be there. I don’t want to sleep in my car.
“I didn’t feel comfortable in the morning. Hearing that we had that person pass away. I didn’t go to work.”
His death comes a month after the first worker succumbed to the killer disease in Southern California.
The 35-year-old worked at Amazon’s DLA8 facility in Hawthorne.
The Amazon boss’s last day of work was March 9 and until March 20, he was vacationing in Mexico.
A week after returning, he began experiencing flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital and died March 31.
His death comes after an increasing number of health and safety claims were made by employees regarding coronavirus.
Amazon’s employees are set to strike with fellow frontline workers at Target, Walmart, Instacart, Whole Foods, and FedEx Friday.
Earlier this week, Amazon told The Sun they “object to the irresponsible actions of labor groups in spreading misinformation and making false claims about Amazon during this unprecedented health and economic crisis.”
The company say they expect to spend $800 million during the first half of 2020 on COVID mitigation measures, like PPE.
But the International Workers Day demonstration comes after a month of protests and whistleblowers being sacked at Amazon.
Maren Costa and Emily Cunningham were reportedly fired earlier this month for what Amazon called “repeat violations of internal policies”.
The two workers had recently made public statements questioning the company’s safety measure.
Yesterday, workers in Washington DC scrawled an enormous mural message outside CEO Jeff Bezos’ home Wednesday, urging him to “protect workers.”
Amazon workers are demanding paid time off, more PPE, more cleaning, and no retaliation for workers who decide to demonstrate, reports say.
Target, Whole Foods, and Amazon have all highlighting their increased cleaning measures and protocols implemented to protect their workers.
All three companies said the small faction of protesters don’t represent their larger workforce.
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