Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features WCRI’s recent release of a new study that examines how the massive slowdown in economic activity early in the COVID-19 pandemic affected the workers’ compensation system, and the extent to which COVID-19 claims have arisen in the system.
Key findings included that compared with Q1 2019, all states saw decreases in the number of non-COVID-19 claims in Q1 2020, with a range of 2-20% across states. The volume reduction in non-COVID claims in Q2 was even larger, with the vast majority of states dropping by at least 30%. The study also found substantial concentrations of COVID-19 claims among workers employed in service industries (85% in 2020Q2), particularly in assisted living facilities, hospitals, and the offices of physicians and dentists.
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