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Florida reports January drop in COVID comp claims


The number of COVID-19 claims in Florida fell by about 25% in January compared with December, according to a report released Friday by the state’s Division of Workers’ Compensation.

The DWC reports 3,567 claims in January, down from 4,673 in December. While down compared with the previous month, COVID-19 claims accounted for one in every three indemnity claims filed in January.

The 29,848 COVID-19 claims filed in 2021 accounted for 28.4% of all indemnity claims.

The DWC reported total paid costs of $177.8 million on the 68,198 COVID-19 claims filed since the pandemic started.

The division also said 32,543 claims were denied in whole or in part.

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