An Amazon worker at the warehouse Jeff Bezos visited this week has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
  • A worker at an Amazon fulfillment centre in Dallas has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
  • According to Bloomberg, Amazon alerted employees by email on Thursday, one day after CEO Jeff Bezos visited the facility.
  • “Consistent with our daily processes, the site has undergone enhanced cleanings since the associate’s last day,” the message said, according to Bloomberg.
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A worker at Amazon’s Dallas warehouse has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, days after Jeff Bezos toured the facility.

According to Bloomberg’s Spencer Soper, who viewed an email sent to employees on Thursday, the fulfillment centre employee who tested positive for the virus was last on the job Monday.

“Consistent with our daily processes, the site has undergone enhanced cleanings since the associate’s last day,” the message said, according to Bloomberg.

Amazon told Business Insider that it’s supporting the worker in recovery and following guidelines from health officials to ensure the safety of everyone working at the warehouse.

Bezos visited the warehouse on Wednesday, touring the spaces and thanking workers who are laboring amid the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon posted a video of Bezos visiting the fulfillment centre, wearing a mask and getting his temperature checked before entering the building. Bezos is shown walking around the space, waving and saying thank you to employees.

Despite Bezos’ precautions, he didn’t appear to be abiding by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines, which encourage people to stay six feet away from others. At both the warehouse and a Dallas Whole Foods he visited, Bezos is shown walking within a few feet of employees. Amazon and Whole Foods employees are all seen wearing masks and gloves, while Bezos is seen wearing a mask, but no gloves.

Amazon’s warehouses have been deemed “essential,” which has allowed them to keep operating during the coronavirus crisis. The company has more than 75 fulfillment centres across the US, and according to The New York Times, the virus has spread to more than 50 facilities, infecting dozens of workers.