Two Amazon warehouse workers in Indiana have reportedly died of the coronavirus, pushing the company’s death toll to at least seven.
The e-commerce giant learned Wednesday that COVID-19 had killed an employee at its facility in Jeffersonville, near Louisville, Kentucky, according to local CBS affiliate WLKY.
The unidentified worker was diagnosed with the disease on April 25 but had not worked since April 1, Amazon told the outlet. The company reportedly learned of his condition on May 11 and subsequently informed his colleagues by text message.
Amazon was told that another warehouse worker in Indianapolis had died of the virus about two weeks earlier, on April 30, The Verge reported Thursday. Amazon immediately told all other employees in the building, where the man had not been since April 19, the company told the website.
“His family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting his fellow colleagues in the days ahead,” Amazon told The Verge in a statement.
The reports came the same day that Amazon confirmed the April death of a worker at its Long Island warehouse. At least four other Amazon workers have died in Staten Island, California and Illinois.
Amazon did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment Friday morning.
The reported deaths came as Amazon workers and activists urged the Seattle-based giant to better protect its staff from the deadly virus amid a surge in online shopping.
Workers had reported nearly 600 coronavirus cases at Amazon facilities around the country as of Friday morning, according to United For Respect, a nonprofit that’s tracking the disease among the company’s employees.
Amazon has not released an official tally of how many workers the virus has infected. Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, recently told “60 Minutes” that the number is not “particularly useful.”
But more than a dozen attorneys general urged Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods to release a state-by-state breakdown of how many workers have contracted and died from COVID-19.
“It is incumbent upon Amazon and Whole Foods as businesses and employers not to worsen the emergency by failing to take every possible step to protect their employees and their customers,” officials from 12 states and the District of Columbia wrote in a Monday letter to the companies.
Amazon has stood by its efforts to protect employees from the coronavirus, saying it expects to spend $800 million on safety measures in the first half of the year. The company has quickly implemented policy changes to make sure its work sites stay safe amid the pandemic, it has said.
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