Retail giant Amazon announced Thursday findings from an investigation into the spread of COVID-19 among employees to reveal nearly 20,000 employees have tested positive or are presumed positive for the virus since March.
The study looked at the period from March 1 to September 19, 2020 and included any employee that worked at the facilities in that time. Amazon says it employs roughly 1.37 million employees at its facilities which includes Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. The study does not include third-part delivery drivers that deliver Amazon packages for the company.
Of those employees, 19,816 have tested positive or are presumed positive. However, the company says those totals are lower than expectations.
By comparing their data against data collected by Johns Hopkins University on the general population exposure rate, Amazon says it’s positive testing rate is far less than expected. Using the Johns Hopkins data, the company estimates it