Amazon previously announced that it planned to hire 100,000 new workers to stock their warehouses and delivery trucks to meet the rise in orders as many have taken to e-commerce rather than leaving their homes in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Amazon says it is supporting the "individuals who are now in quarantine and recovering".
A manager at the Staten Island facility, Chris Smalls, told the New York Post that an employee was diagnosed with the virus.
In a global coronavirus pandemic that has infected about 420,000 people and killed almost 19,000, Amazon workers have become as essential as first responders, providing food and other basics for millions of people who are isolating themselves under government stay-home directives.
According to reports, Amazon has reported that it is taking "extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees", which include sanitisation of frequently touched surfaces, spreading out seating sections to safe distances, and intervening work shifts among warehouse employees.
The case comes one week after the first coronavirus case was reported in any Amazon facility in US, which came out of Queens in the NY state.
The online retailer said Tuesday the Shepherdsville warehouse was undergoing "additional sanitization". "As we continue to provide this valuable service to our communities, we must ensure that we are adequately protected".
"The facility must be shut down and workers given paid leave at their normal pay rate while the facility is thoroughly sterilized and workers are tested for the virus", says Amazonians United NYC.