View the petition at https://www.change.org/p/jeff-bezos-shut-down-and-clean-amazon-facilities-that-test-positive-for-covid-19-avp1
A petition started recently on change.org calls for Amazon AVP1 in Hazleton to close for cleaning after multiple confirmed cases of coronavirus among employees. sources say hand sanitizer and protective equipment is not available and Amazon has not closed to sanitize after confirmed cases. Employees state they were not even properly made aware of confirmed cases or what area these individuals worked in.
"Here at Amazon AVP1 Hazle Township PA our site did not even formally announce its first confirmed case of Covid-19. There was only one announcement made on ONE shift." The petition starts out. "No phone call was made to notify the entire building for the first confirmed case, same goes for the second confirmed case."
The petition has grown to over 500 signatures in a short time. Supporters are mostly employees but also include customers concerned for their safety.
Carol M. writes: "Order a lot from Amazon and I feel they need to give there places a deep clean so my family and I are safe - there making money on me - it’s the least they can do"
Dominica M. says: "I have also contacted all of my representatives and the local paper. Whatever it takes to protect us. I used to really enjoy working at AVP1... been a blue badge for many years. Now going in is a daily cost v benefit calculation, with the knowledge that management does not have my back, and we may not have the means to sanitize or social distance."
Heather M. writes: "Since we have confirmed cases of covid 19 i feel the building needs to be sanitized. We need hand sanitizer and wipes available for all associates and the hand wash stations need to functioning. I do not feel safe going into the building at this point, they dont even provide the basics for us. We ve been out of these essentials for nearly 2 weeks!"
David M. says: "All warehouses in Pennsylvania industrial parks should be closed as 1000s of people are working in close proximity to each other for 10 hours or more. The associates are from all over including many affected areas. There is no possibility of social distancing in these facilities. The problem is about to become much worse in Pennsylvania."
We initially reported on Amazon's first confirmed case last week. At that time, two other employees were suspected to have coronavirus but were self-quarantined until results came back. Now sources say Amazon has announced it's second confirmed case.
With symptoms taking up to 14 days to show and tests taking a week to come back, confirmed cases reflect how many people were sick and transmitting the virus two or three weeks ago. For Amazon AVP1 with around 3,000 employees, this means there could be hundreds of employees sick right now, spreading it to others and returning home to their families.
On average, each infected person spreads the virus to two others. Amazon and other local companies in Humboldt and Valmont like Hershey which manufactures chocolate and Silgan which manufactures jar lids are causing employees to question just how life sustaining they are.
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