Coronavirus case confirmed at Amazon warehouse in New Castle


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Jeanne Kuang,


A person connected to one of Amazon's warehouses in New Castle has tested positive for coronavirus, the company confirmed. 


Amazon spokesman Timothy Carter did not say whether the person is directly employed by the company at the warehouse or is a partner delivery worker. He also did not say when the case was discovered.


"We are supporting the individual who is recovering," Carter wrote in a statement. "We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site."


The building is one of two Amazon warehouses off Route 273 and is the last stop for packages before they are delivered to customers. 


Amazon went on a hiring spree to add 100,000 full- and part-time jobs as shoppers are encouraged to stay home during the pandemic. Delaware was expected to see 150 of those jobs. 


Employees diagnosed with coronavirus will receive two weeks of paid leave, the representative said, adding that health officials believe the virus does not spread through packages. Scientists in one study found that the virus can be stable on cardboard for up to 24 hours. 


The representative said the company has implemented more cleaning of its buildings, rules to ensure social distancing, and requirements that employees sanitize their workstations and vehicles. 


Contact Jeanne Kuang at jkuang@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2476. 

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