Amazon confirms first coronavirus diagnosis among U.S. employees


An Amazon employee in Seattle, Wash., has contracted the novel coronavirus - the first employee among its us workforce to fall ill will COVID-19, the company said.

Unfortunately it seems that getting tested for COVID-19 can be more hard than expected, as one Seattle resident said on Twitter.

The Epoch Times reached out to an Amazon spokesperson who confirmed the news.

The CDC said on its website that COVID-19 is mainly transmitted "between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)" and "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes".

All other employees who came in close contact with the individual have been notified, according to the message. The was the same day that they were informed that their employee had contracted Covid-19, having initially left work on 25 February due to feeling ill. It instructs employees to stay home and seek medical attention if they have symptoms.

Amazon told GeekWire that it's performing "enhanced deep cleaning and sanitization" at the affected office.

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Two Amazon employees in Milan, Italy, also contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, concerns of community spread of the virus across the United States continue to escalate, with at least 12 states across the country reporting cases.

Community spread of COVID-19 in Washington led to the first US death from the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Amazon has confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus among its USA workforce.

Another 231 people are now being monitored for the virus, health officials said. A state of emergency was declared Saturday.

All nine coronavirus deaths in the U.S. have come from Washington state, while 23 people there have been infected.