Chattanooga Amazon employee tests positive for COVID-19 virus

Staff Photo by Logan Foll / The Chattanooga Times Free Press 10/22/14 - Amazon operates more than 75 fulfillment centers across North America, including warehouses in Chattanooga and Charlston, Tennessee

Amazon reported Friday that an employee at its Chattanooga distribution center at Enterprise South industrial park has tested positive for the coronavirus.

"We are supporting the individual who is recovering," the company said in a statement.

Amazon said it shares with all employees when a confirmed case occurs in one of its buildings and communicates to all individuals who work at that site and not just to those who've come in close contact with the diagnosed individual.

The company said it alerts any associate who had close contact with a confirmed case and asks them to not return to the site and to self-quarantine for 14 days, and Amazon pays them for their time at home.

Amazon said that companywide it expects to invest about $4 billion from April to June on COVID-related initiatives to get products to customers and keep employees safe.