An employee at an Amazon fulfillment center in Moreno Valley has tested positive for the coronavirus, the company confirmed on Tuesday night.
The worker was last at the site on March 18, received medical care and is in quarantine, Amazon said. Amazon employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay, the company said.
“We are supporting the individual who is recovering. We are following guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site,” Amazon said in a statement.
Amazon said Moreno Valley employees were informed of the case and anyone who was in close contact with the employee will stay home for 14 days in self-quarantine.
The company said that worldwide it had taken preventative steps for its operations — including delivery and transportation partners — like increased cleaning of facilities, promotion of social distancing and requiring workers to stay home and seek medical attention if they are feeling unwell.
In a statement, Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said it wasn’t known to the city if the worker lives in Moreno Valley.
“The worker is undergoing treatment, and several co-workers have been directed to self-quarantine and are under observation by health officials,” said Gutierrez.
Amazon has extensive operations in the Inland Empire with 14 fulfillment facilities and other large-scale operations in cities including Beaumont, Eastvale, Moreno Valley, Rialto, Riverside, San Bernardino and Redlands.