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  • #31661
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    Keymaster

    Employees claiming they contracted covid at work, what proof are you requiring? PCR, home test, or? Who is reading the results? Your WC clinic, any medical facility offering testing, or can they send you a photo of their results? Do you require their name to be on the results? Thank you.

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    Jennifer
    Participant
    #31844
    Jeff
    Participant

    We encourage the employees alleging industrial COVID to visit our designated clinic to be evaluated while our designated WC examiner investigates the claim, i.e., infected co-workers, implemented preventative factors, confirmed cases at home/work, concurrent employment, recent vacations/locations etc. Employees from sites with pockets of confirmed infections are resolved easily and quickly. The vast majority of COVID cases are handled and closed within 10 days thus not reach WC.

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    Lillian
    Participant

    A PCR test from a medical professional is required for all alleged work-related COVID claims. Home tests are not always reliable. The injured worker sends a copy of the results with his/her name on it to our HR Department. This is usually an email received from the medical professional. If a WC claim is filed, our insurance company begins the investigation process.

    New definition of close contact has changed since they have discovered that it is airborne vs being transmitted through droplets. Instead of measuring a close contact to be within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, it is now defined as sharing a common airspace for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period.

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