California's COVID-19 workers 'compensation claim for the 2020 accident year amounted to more than 103,000 – with coronavirus claims accounting for one in six claims – according to data released Wednesday by the California Workers' Compensation Institute.
The COVID-19 figures, based on claims reported to the California Division of Workers Compensation, show that 51% of all workers' compensation claims in December were for COVID-19, an increase from 29% in November, which had the second highest proportion of COVID-19-related
The report also noted that claims for workers' compensation for the fourth quarter of 2020 amounted to 166,587 – an increase of 3.2% compared to the labor force volume for the same quarter of 201
In the state COVID-19 claims were made most often by health care professionals and the Court of First Instance, and the volume of claims for workers in these industries remained stable during the year. Retail was the third most likely to report coronavirus claims among business sectors, with the industry's share of receivables rising to 13.1% in December from 8.7% in October.
With coronavirus claims for 2020 continuing to be filed, CWCI predicts that the final number of COVID-19 employees will be around 43,000 and in total almost 118,000 by 2020.
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