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Amazon extends remote work through June

Amazon extends remote work through June
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Amazon will allow employees currently working from home to continue doing so through June, the company said Wednesday.

In a statement first reported by Bloomberg, company officials pointed to concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak as a reason for the decision. The company's warehouse labor force has remained at work during the pandemic, and the decision applies only to corporate staffers already teleworking.

“We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance,” said an Amazon spokeswoman, according to Bloomberg. “Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021.”

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Amazon “has invested significant funds and resources to keep those who choose to come to the office safe through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature checks, and by providing face coverings and hand sanitizer,” she continued.

The company has faced internal concerns about safety in its warehouses amid the coronavirus outbreak and saw workers gather in protest outside of the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minn., during this year's annual two-day "Prime Day" sale earlier in October. One worker accused the company at the time of forcing her to come to work while she was symptomatic for COVID-19.

Company representatives revealed at the beginning of October that more than 19,000 of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began earlier this year.

More than 8 million Americans have been infected in total since the pandemic began, and more than 220,000 deaths have been recorded.