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The number of compensable COVID-19 workers compensation indemnity claims in Florida continued to drop drastically in May, according to a report released Wednesday by the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation.
The new report shows the lowest number of such claims — 461 claims in May from a high of 8,390 in July 2020 — since the beginning of the pandemic.
Overall, 43,913 indemnity claims have been filed in Florida, according to the latest data. With exceptions in December 2020 and January, the numbers have been on a steady decline since then. May figures show the steepest drop, down from 1,395 claims filed in April.
Totaling indemnity benefits, employers and insurers have paid $41.4 million in closed COVID-19 claims and just over $52 million for claims that remained open as of May 31.
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
The state of Florida has paid out more than $46 million in COVID-19 workers compensation medical and indemnity benefits as of Nov. 30, but the number of COVID-19 comp claims by date of accident dropped to a low of just over 1,000 in November compared with a high of more than 8,000 claims filed in July, according to a report released Friday by Florida Division of Workers Compensation.