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First look at coronavirus safety protocols in place at North Randall Amazon facility

Even with precautions, cases do pop up from time to time.

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio — 3News on Friday got its first peek inside of Amazon’s North Randall distribution facility since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.

The facility has remained open, with protocols in place to keep employees safe. Inside the distribution center, employees start off by having their temperature taken before heading inside, where there are sanitization stations and personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees to wear. They’ve also staggered shifts and added so that employees are able.

Even with precautions, cases do pop up from time to time. When they do, Amazon notifies other staff through a text messaging system.

“Amazon does a terrific job of tracking the rate of infection inside each building versus the local communities, and this building has been at or below that rate,” Mark Huber, Director of Operations at the center, said. “We’re more focused on what our mission, and even with those numbers, our mission does not change. What we do in the building is create a safe place for our associates to work.”

We also asked what they’re doing to protect you, the customer. Employees are required to wear gloves throughout the process of packaging your products and sending them to you.

Amazon confirmed one of its North Randall workers died from COVID-19 last month. Both the company and the village offered condolences for her family, while also standing by their safety protocols.

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