Employee at Amazon distribution center positive for COVID-19

Those who have been in close contact will be paid while they self-quarantine at their homes.

EVERETT — An Amazon employee at an Everett distribution center has tested positive for COVID-19, the company confirmed Sunday afternoon.

“We are supporting the individual who is recovering,” a company spokesperson wrote in an email. “We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.”

Employees at the site have been made aware of the case, according to a statement, and anyone who has had close contact have been asked not to return and to self-quarantine for 14 days. They will be paid during their time away.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the company has stepped up cleaning and sanitation efforts, made adjustments to allow for social distancing and staggered shifts, among other measures.

The employee who tested positive worked at the distribution center at 6611 Associated Blvd.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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