On Friday, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) issued a report finding that COVID-19 was the leading cause of job-related death claims in 2020, accounting for more than 55% of workers' compensation death claims. The report determined that COVID-19 accounted for 866 out of 1,563 death claims.
While the report also notes a steady decline in COVID-related death claims through the first half of 2021, COVID-19 accounted for a staggering 82% of death claims (166 out of the 202 claims filed). Since the start of the pandemic, death claims have been more than six times as prevalent among COVID claims than among non-COVID claims.
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“Altogether, the 1,032 COVID death claims reported for the first 18 months of the pandemic represented more than half (53.4%) of the 1,931 workers’ compensation death claims recorded for that period.”