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Amazon Adds Jobs and Megachurch Helps with Covid-19 Testing

19 Mar, 2020

by Brian J. Grim, Ph.D.

This is part of a daily blog by RFBF President Brian Grim highlighting positive business responses to the pandemic, and part of the COVIDxNOW Global Economic Leaders Consortium, which is seeking to deliver innovative solutions for COVID19

Amazon to hire more than 4,500 people in Kentucky and Indiana in response to COVID-19

Amazon is expecting to hire more than 4,500 people in Kentucky and Indiana at fulfillment centers to meet the surge in product demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ben Tobin (Louisville Courier Journal) Published 11:01 a.m. ET March 18, 2020 |

The Seattle-based tech conglomerate is opening 100,000 part- and full-time roles across the United States. The company also will give a $2 per hour wage raise for U.S. fulfillment center employees, who make $15 or more depending on the region.

“We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public,” the company said in a press release.

As of Wednesday morning, the United States has surpassed 6,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and has more than 110 deaths.

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A megachurch has nearly 1,000 people tested for coronavirus in two days

Church of the Highlands, Alabama’s largest megachurch, hosted drive-through coronavirus testing at one of its parking lots in Birmingham on March 17.

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey (Washington Post) March 19, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

On Sunday, Alabama’s largest church stopped its in-person worship services. By Tuesday, it started hosting drive-through coronavirus tests in one of its parking lots.

In the span of just two days, doctors in Birmingham tested 977 people from across the state by using the parking lot and volunteers from Church of the Highlands, according to Dr. Robert Record, who is helping to lead the effort. The drive-through effort at one of America’s largest churches is part of a larger nationwide push for more information about coronavirus as more testing locations began to pop up this week.

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