From PC Mag: Amazon will end on-site COVID testing for warehouse workers, despite a rise in cases fueled by the Delta variant.
In an internal memo, the company notified employees that it will discontinue testing in the US after July 30, The Information reports. Amazon instead suggests that folks take advantage of the "many options available to them, including through health providers and public testing sites."
More than 55% of residents in Amazon's home state of Washington are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Mayo Clinic. But rates are much lower in many other warehouse-heavy states: Numbers are below 40% in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, for instance, while an average 45% of folks in Texas, Indiana, Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, and Michigan received their jabs.
"The health and safety of our employees remains our top priority," spokesperson Kim Lafleur told The Seattle Times. "Aligning with updated guidance from the CDC and other public health officials, we are excited about taking the next steps on our path back to normal operations."
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