OKC Amazon employee found with coronavirus
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Amazon said an employee at Oklahoma City's sort center has COVID-19, and is receiving medical care while recovering in quarantine.
The individual was last onsite March 18, Amazon said.
"We are supporting the affected associate during this time," said a company spokesperson. "Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of our site, we are conducting contact tracing. We will alert any associate who had close contact with this person at our building and will ask them to not return to the site and to self-quarantine for 14 days, and we will pay them for their time at home."
All Amazon employees diagnosed with the virus or placed into quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay, the company said. The pay would be in addition to unlimited but unpaid time off for all hourly employees through the end of March.
Amazon has two large facilities in Oklahoma City: The sort center at Council Road and SW 15 Street, and the Fulfillment Center warehouse near Will Rogers World Airport.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has prioritized shipment of critical items and encourages users to select a "no rush" option for some purchases. They've also committed to filling 1,400 new jobs in Oklahoma to help deal with higher consumer demand.