Amazon ramping up plans to test fulfillment center workers for coronavirus

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HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Items in “Amazon Prime” branded packaging are seen at the Amazon Fulfillment Centre on November 14, 2018 in Hemel Hempstead, England. The online retailer Amazon will again take part in the now-traditional “Black Friday” sales this year, with reductions available from 16-25 November. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

(NBC) – Amazon is ramping up its plans to test its fulfillment center workers for the coronavirus.

People familiar with the company’s plans tell CNBC that Amazon hopes to test the bulk of its workers for COVID-19 every two weeks.

Workers would reportedly test themselves with nasal swabs with a clinical professional supervising.

Amazon’s warehouse workers who test positive for COVID-19 would be reportedly referred to a third-party for telehealth consultations.

Amazon’s plan comes after several reports of coronavirus outbreaks at warehouses across the country.

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