Amazon released figures on Thursday that for the first time detail the spread of the coronavirus among its employees. The tech giant revealed that more than 19,000 workers have tested positive or been presumed positive for COVID-19.
The company said it has conducted an analysis of data on 1.3 million front-line employees who worked for Amazon and Whole Foods in the U.S. from March 1 to Sept. 19 and compared rates to the general population during that time. Amazon said that if the rate would have been the same among its employees as it is for the general population, it would have seen 33,952 cases among the workforce. Instead, its figure of 19,816 was 42% lower.
A state-by-state chart of case rates among front-line employees along with additional details about methodology and data sources was also released.
Amazon first announced in April that it was assembling a team of its own workers with a variety of skills, including research scientists, program managers, software engineers and procurement specialists, to start building out testing capacity. An in-house pilot testing program for employees was confirmed in May.
The company now says it is conducting thousands of tests a day and will grow to 50,000 tests a day across 650 sites by November.
It credits an array of its own initiatives in keeping positive numbers down, including safety measures in warehouses and fulfillment centers. The company previously said it was spending $800 million on COVID-19 safety precautions, and $4 billion on its larger COVID-19 initiatives in the second quarter alone.