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Amazon worker at North Randall fulfillment center dies of COVID-19

The employee last worked April 30.

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio — Amazon is mourning the death of an employee who worked at the fulfillment center in North Randall.

A company spokesperson tells 3News the employee last worked at the site on April 30, which is also the same day she was diagnosed with COVID-19. Amazon said they were notified of her death on May 18.

“We immediately contacted her family to extend our support,” the spokesperson said.

All employees at the site are being offered counseling.

“Her family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting her fellow colleagues.”

Amazon says masks have been required to be worn by all employees on April 15. The company states it has “invested heavily in proactive measures to protect and support the health and safety of our employees.”

The spokesperson also noted the rate of infection at the fulfillment center is “significantly below the rate of the community itself.”

In a statement, North Randall Mayor David Smith offered his condolences to the family, and added his belief that the company took all necessary measures to protect its employees. The mayor said extra staffers had been hired to make sure social distancing and cleaning measures were followed, and that the Cuyahoga County Board of Health is aware of the matter.

"It is tragic to witness the events of this pandemic, but it's also reassuring to known that in a work environment such as Amazon, they are taking proper measures to flatten the curve and to provide the safest working environment possible under the current conditions," Smith wrote.