A grassroots group called United for Respect at Walmart has created a website where Walmart Inc.'s U.S. employees can anonymously report confirmed cases of covid-19 at their stores or warehouses.
The site at http://areyousafe.work showed 604 reports as of Wednesday. Employees report details such as the store or warehouse number and location; number of cases; and the source of the information -- typically a co-worker, manager or the media.
United for Respect says in a disclaimer on the site that it does not independently verify the submitted information and can't guarantee its accuracy or completeness.
Ruby Ann Woolwine, a Walmart employee in Michigan and member of United for Respect, said the retailer fails to clearly communicate to workers when a colleague at their facility has tested positive for the virus.
"The tracker will allow associates to keep each other informed and safe and keep our customers safe, too," Woolwine said.
A Walmart spokesman said Wednesday that the company has "provided guidance for managers on informing associates of a confirmed case in a store, club or facility."