The 50-year-old’s death adds to a number of Amazon warehouse employees who have died as they continued to work amid the coronavirus outbreak. The worker’s death comes as Amazon warehouse employees have raised concerns that the company isn’t doing enough to protect them from catching the coronavirus while they’re on the job. Employees have also criticized how Amazon handles positive cases at its facilities, with some arguing it should shut down those warehouses and do more to make sure employees are informed.
Amazon has made changes, but the number of workers diagnosed with the virus continues to climb. Amazon has not confirmed the number of deaths from the virus, but the Illinois worker marks the fourth known case of an Amazon worker who has died from the virus, following reports of deaths in Staten Island, New York; Hawthorne, California, and Tracy, California.