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At least five of the company’s warehouses in Oregon have experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 since last spring. Amazon has been rolling back pandemic protocols in its warehouses, citing vaccinations as the best way to reduce transmission of the virus. In late October, the company announced that vaccinated workers no longer needed to wear masks unless mandated by state or local law. Amazon says it has “incurred around $16 billion in COVID related operating costs since the beginning of the pandemic” The Markup found that Amazon warehouse workers say the coronavirus has continued to rage in their workplaces.