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|California Workers’ Compensation Coronavirus Claim Count Now Exceeds 50,000|
By Lonce Lamonte - November 19, 2020
Over 50,000 COVID-19 claims have been reported to the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) so far this year. That includes 282 death claims, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.
The California workers’ compensation COVID-19 monthly claim count peaked in July. One out of every nine California job injury claims reported so far for the year 2020 has been a coronavirus claim.
After seven months of this year hitting a high of 14,453 claims in July, the number of COVID-19 workers’ comp claims reported to the DWC began to decline. The latest count shows 6,710 claims with August injury dates, 3,779 claims with September injury dates, and 2,016 claims with October injury dates, according to the CWCI.
More claims from September and October could still be reported, but the initial counts from both months were below the early counts from June and July, so even accounting for the reporting lag associated with COVID-19 claims, those figures suggest a downward trend. .
CWCI projects 15,786 COVID-19 claims with July injury dates, 6,910 claims with August injury dates, 4,535 claims with September injury dates, and 5,242 claims with October injury dates. This puts the projected number of COVID-19 claims for the first 10 months of 2020 at 57,833.
firstname.lastname@example.org; Lonce Lamonte, editor and journalist, adjustercom