Amazon will reportedly test warehouse workers every 2 weeks for coronavirus

Amazon will reportedly test warehouse workers every 2 weeks for coronavirus
Amazon vice president of worldwide operations Dave Clark swabs himself for COVID-19 during a CBS "60 Minutes" segment.CBS News "60 Minutes'
  • Amazon has a goal of testing warehouse employees for COVID-19 every other week, CNBC reports.
  • Employees would swab their noses under the supervision of a clinical professional, according to the report.
  • Amazon has said it expects to spend $1 billion in 2020 to develop employee testing.

Amazon is aiming to start testing most of its warehouses workers for COVID-19 every other week, CNBC reports.

Employees would test themselves for the virus using a nasal swab under the supervision of a clinical professional, according to the report. Amazon spokesperson Timothy Carter declined to comment on the specifics of the CNBC report, and instead provided a statement broadly addressing Amazon's COVID testing efforts.
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"Our operations sites and grocery stores are distributing masks to employees, using disinfectant spray and conducting employee temperature checks," Carter said. "A next step might be regular testing of our employees, and we've started our first small-scale pilot. We don't know exactly yet how it's going to shape up, but we continue to believe it's worth trying."

In a recent interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes," Dave Clark, Amazon's head of worldwide operations, demonstrated the company's testing procedure and swabbed himself on camera.

Amazon has said it expects to spend $1 billion in 2020 to develop employee testing. The company is developing a testing lab and assembled a team of researchers, engineers, and procurement specialists dedicated to building its testing capacity.
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