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Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore working to keep people safe during COVID

Posted at 5:36 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 17:36:07-04

BALTIMORE — During this pandemic, many of us have been stuck at home. So, what did many of us do? Order from Amazon!

And thousands of Amazon workers had to keep those packages moving for us.

WMAR-2 News went behind the scene of Amazon here in Baltimore to see how its all done

Safety is of utmost importance at this location. It’s not just people getting injured at work they are worried about, now the concern of spreading COVID-19 is a priority as well. It starts as soon as you come to work.

A secure entrance to know who is here and then time for a temperature test. All this is part of the $4 billion in upgrades for COVID related initiatives at Amazon. Part of the expenditure was adding 34 more janitorial staff here in Baltimore.

"We’ve got a small army of people going around the building 24/7 cleaning these areas almost hourly.

When they say they do a lot of cleaning they're not kidding, just here at this facility they have gone through 3,395 gallons of sanitizer spray since March. Chris Tanner has the daunting tasks of keeping everybody who comes in here safe.

They’ve also developed their own technology here. You can see on the screen where your 6-foot circle is, they also let you know when you’re too close.

They have added 150 new protocols because of COVID-19 and all those extra procedures will not only help them, we gain a little from it as well.

"They are taking the information we are giving them out into the community and hopefully saving lives."