12:50 p.m. ET — Coronavirus infection rates at an Amazon warehouse in Minnesota were far higher than the surrounding community, according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC.
At least 45 workers at Amazon’s Shakopee facility, known as MSP1, came down with the coronavirus, resulting in a rate of infection of 1.7%, according to the memo, which was first reported by Bloomberg.
The memo, issued in mid-May, shows that infections were nearly five times the rate of surrounding counties and far higher than the rate of 0.1% in Scott County, where MSP1 is located.
The memo contradicts Amazon’s previous messaging about the rate of infections at warehouses. The company has previously rebuffed accusations that its warehouses have spread the virus, saying the “overall rate of infection and increase or decrease of total cases is highly correlated to the overall community rate of infection.”
Amazon continues to report new coronavirus cases at its facilities nationwide, including at MSP1, which as of Tuesday, has reported 92 cases total, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A total of 198 coronavirus cases have been confirmed among Amazon workers throughout Minnesota, the agency said. Outbreaks have been reported at three other facilities in Minnesota. —Annie Palmer