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Joliet Amazon fulfillment center worker tests positive for COVID-19

A worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in Joliet has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed.
A worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in Joliet has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed.

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A worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in Joliet has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed.

The individual, who was last on site at the center March 18, received medical care and is in quarantine.

"We are supporting the individual who is recovering," Amazon said in an email statement via spokesman Timothy Carter. "We are following guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site."

The logistics company added other employees at the site were made aware of the confirmed case and asked anyone who was in close contact with the worker to stay home with pay for 14 days in self-quarantine.

All Amazon workers who test positive for COVID-19 or who have to self-quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay, the company said.

Amazon added it was taking several other measures at its distribution centers and has been consulting health officials and medical experts on how to handle building closures for deep cleaning. The company noted it did not shut down its Joliet site.

Still, Amazon said it has increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning its sites, implemented social distancing, asked employees to defer non-essential travel, is using video for the majority of job interviews, and required employees to stay home and seek medical attention if they feel ill.

To implement social distancing, the company said it's spread out chairs in breakrooms, staggered shifts and decreased the size of its training sessions.

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