The wave of COVID-19 claims that hit the California workers’ compensation system at the end of 2020 has subsided for the time being as the number of claims reported to the state Division of Workers’ Compensation for February fell to the lowest level in a year, an analysis by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute Shows.
The CWCI report shows the projected ultimate claim count for February came in at 4,533 cases, down nearly 90% from the record 43,158 claims projected for December.
The figures from CWCI’s COVID-19/Non-COVID-19 Interactive Application show that after surging to an all-time high in December, the monthly COVID-19 claim count fell by more than 50% in January, a decrease that coincided with the steep drop in new coronavirus cases in the state.
“Claim counts from December through February are still incomplete as additional claims for those months are still being reported, but the COVID-19 claim totals reported as of March 8 show that the DWC has recorded 40,188 claims with December injury dates and 19,493 claims with January injury dates, but just 2,747 COVID-19 claims with February injury dates,” the CWCI report states.
The addition of the February figure pushed the number of virus claims reported to the DWC since the pandemic began to 135,566, including 751 death claims, and COVID-19 clams have accounted for just 9% of all claims reported thus far for February, though they have accounted for 18.8% of all claims since the first claims were reported in January of 2020, according to the CWCI.
The latest results are from the March 11 update to CWCI’s COVID-19/Non-COVID-19 Interactive Claim App, which integrates data from CWCI, DWC, and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics to provide current and historical data on California work injury claims. The app includes COVID-19 data dating back to January 2020, as well as from the most recent 12 months, and is available to the public.
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