Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. (HB2207)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), and Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, and correctional officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act. The bill provides that the COVID-19 virus is established by a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19, an incubation period consistent with COVID-19, and signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that require medical treatment. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after March 12, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after March 12, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical treatment. Read the Bill »


01/22/2021: In Subcommittee


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100861D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/18/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/21/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/22/2021Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2207)

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