Employee at Amazon warehouse in Denver tests positive for coronavirus

Workers at the warehouse were made aware of the positive case.

An Amazon trailer. (Courtesy of Amazon)

An Amazon trailer. (Courtesy of Amazon)

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An employee at the Amazon warehouse at 480 East 55th Avenue has tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The employee was the first at the local warehouse to test positive. Amazon spokesman Timothy Carter said all workers at the warehouse, not just those who came into contact with the sick employee, were made aware of the diagnosis.

“We are supporting the individual who is recovering,” Carter wrote in an email. “We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.”

Carter said all Amazon employees who have COVID-19 or are quarantined receive up to two weeks of pay, in addition to unlimited time off for hourly employees through the end of April.

Carter declined to name the department in which the employee worked and didn’t say whether other workers have been tested for COVID-19. He said that Amazon has implemented temperature checks company wide.

According to BusinessDen, the 376,000-square-foot warehouse opened in 2017 in an industrial park in north Denver.

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