An Amazon warehouse worker in North Randall, Ohio, died from COVID-19, bringing the total known deaths at the company to eight employees, officials confirmed Thursday to NBC News.
The female employee went to work the same day she was diagnosed on April 30 but the company wasn't informed until May 8, an Amazon spokesperson told NBC News. The employee passed away on May 18.
"We are saddened by the loss of an associate who had worked at our site in Randall, Ohio," Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski told the outlet. "Her family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting her fellow colleagues."
Amazon has not disclosed how many employees in the U.S. have tested positive with the coronavirus. USA TODAY reached out for comment.
Earlier this month, Tim Bray, identified on LinkedIn as a vice president and "Distinguished Engineer" at Amazon Web Services, says he "quit in dismay" because Amazon is purportedly "firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19."
Amazon has seen a spike in overall demand for its services as people stay at home due to coronavirus and have more necessities delivered. A recent projection shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could reach trillionaire status by 2026.