The Omicron variant led to a one-month increase of 172% in covid-19 claims in California in December, which flooded the summer peak during the delta wave in August, according to the latest analysis by California Workers & # 39; Compensation Institute.
] "After peaking in August, and then steadily declining throughout the fall, the monthly number of covid-19 California claims increases from 3,047 in November to 8,292 in December – the second of the year. "as the highly contagious omicron variant began to take a toll, with CWCI forecasting that the December sum could eventually climb to 12,438 cases when claims still filed or investigated are added to the bill," CWCI said in a bulletin released on Thursday.
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With the increase in the number of cases at the end of the year, the proportion of covid-19 claims more than tripled from 6.6% in November to 20.5% in December, which CWCI said was the highest rate since January.
CWCI also reports a total of 1,284 deaths since the virus began, including 329 from 2021 and 955 from 2020.  "This means death claims on COVID-19 accounted for 54.5% of the 1,752 work-related death claims reported to (Division of Workers & # 39; Compensation) for AY 2020 and 39.4% of the 836 death claims reported so far for AY 2021 ", said CWCI.
Public safety. and the government sector saw the largest share of covid-19 claims in 2021, a difference from the health care sector the year before.
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