What does a second spike in COVID cases mean for Worker’s Compensation?
As of November 10, 2020, there have now been 50,592 COVID-19 related workers compensation claims reported in California this year – including 282 deaths. As the COVID-19 numbers across California continue to rise, with many of the states’ largest counties re-entering lockdowns (and enforcing harsh restrictions) it may be safe to assume that these claim numbers will continue to rise through to the end of the year and into 2021.
Interestingly, the monthly reported COVID-19 claims peaked in July at 14,453, when California experienced it’s previous peak in COVID cases. The number of COVID related claims has however since decreased every month as California cases dropped, with only 2,016 reported claims in October.
While this downward trend was sustained for the last 3 months, the recent increase in California COVID cases in November (where we have seen new record case numbers for the state) may indicate that a dramatic increase in COVID related claims may be seen when the November numbers are reported.
Clearly, this correlation between case numbers and related claims seems to trend in the same direction. With the recent resurgence of statewide cases, employers should be more cognizant than ever with regard to keeping their employees safe, and maintaining the appropriate systems, and plans in place to deal with COVID related workers compensation claims.
Through the Injury Triage Service that Whiteboard provides, we can also administer rapid COVID testing for your employees without them ever having to leave the workplace. Our technicians can be sent out to your location and can provide a rapid Antibody test and/or a Nasal test. This will allow your employees to feel safe in the workplace and control any potential outbreaks. If you’re interested, simply schedule a call and we’d be happy to help!
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