Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday said more than 19,000 of its workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first time the tech giant has revealed such detailed data.
The company said the number of positive cases is below what it expected. Amazon, which months ago began to build its own testing labs, has been testing thousands of employees since March and said it would be testing 50,000 employees a day by November.
Based on the infection rate of the general population, Amazon said it expected to have had 33,952 positive cases among a workforce of more than 1.3 million in the U.S. Instead, it said 19,816 employees have tested positive or been presumed positive. The number includes employees from Whole Foods Market, which Amazon owns.
Amazon has faced criticism from employees about its response to the virus. Early in the pandemic, employees at several facilities staged walkouts demanding that Amazon shut down facilities with positive cases. Workers said Amazon was slow to communicate positive cases among its employees, and the company until now had not disclosed the rate at which employees were testing positive.
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