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Amazon counts nearly 20,000 COVID-19 cases in its frontline workforce, including Whole Foods [Video]

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Amazon said Thursday that 19,816 of its front-line employees at Amazon and Whole Foods have tested positive or been presumed positive for the coronavirus, shedding light for the first time on how its workforce has been impacted by COVID-19.

Amazon had repeatedly resisted sharing comprehensive data with the public and with its own workers about the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases at its warehouses, which have become crucial hubs for household supplies during the pandemic. Despite numerous confirmed cases at Amazon warehouses across the country, and around the world, the e-commerce giant has downplayed the significance of releasing site or aggregate data, making it difficult to get a clear picture of overall infections at its sites.

In a blog post, the company said it did a "thorough analysis of data on all 1,372,000 Amazon and Whole Foods Market front-line employees across the US employed at any time from March 1 to September 19, 2020."

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: Here are some of the top deals [Video]

Amazon is holding its annual Prime Day on Oct. 13 and 14 this year, after the pandemic forced it to postpone the sales event from July. Amazon is positioning Prime Day as a way to get people to kick-start their holiday shopping.