California’s COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims more than doubled in the latter part of 2022, but the increase paled in comparison to the previous two years, according to new data released Tuesday by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.
The results show that after falling to 1,553 COVID-19 notifications in October, the second lowest total for all of 2022, claims increased to 3,354 in November and later peaked at 4,680 in December. The number of claims fell again in January to 2,859 reported cases.
Employers reported 44,002 COVID-19 claims in 2020, the first year of the pandemic.
Broken down by industry, the largest number of claims were made first by health care workers, second by those working in public safety and government, and third by retail workers.
The CWCI said education was the only major employment sector to experience an increase in the number of covid-19 applications in the first quarter of 2023, as the number of applications rose from 240 to 442, or 84.2%.
The sector that experienced the biggest drop in Covid-19 claims was food services, which saw a 68.2% drop, from 214 in the fourth quarter of 2022 to 68 in the first quarter of 2023.