Amazon has confirmed that an employee at the Balzac fulfillment centre has tested positive for CoVID-19.
The company has issued a statement saying that the employee is currently recovering from the virus, and they are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of the hundreds of workers at the Balzac facility.
The employee's position at the facility is unknown, as well as how or when they contracted the virus.
Amazon spokesperson Timothy Carter says that the company is supporting the individual who is recovering, and as per company protocol, all employees have been made aware of the confirmed case.
Preventative measures have been implemented for all Amazon employees that occupy the 600, 000 square foot facility, as well as all delivery and transportation partners.
Amazon says that increased cleaning measures have been put in place including the sanitization of all workspaces and vehicles at the beginning and end of each shift as well as strict social distancing measures.
The company states that any employee who is diagnosed with COVID-19, and those who are required to quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay.
The Canadian government says that there is a low risk of spreading the coronavirus through package deliveries, however, it is possible.
Preliminary information suggests that COVID-19 can linger on surfaces for hours or even days depending on the type of surface. Temperature and humidity also play a role in lingering bacteria.
The World Health Organization has also stated that the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 from a package delivery remains relatively low.