"The environment these workers face today significantly increases their direct exposure to COVID-19," Burgum said. "The scope of this order is broad and is intended to cover firefighters, law enforcement, ambulance service providers, medical service providers, and volunteer first responders and medical service providers - all critical in the fight against this virus."
Today's executive order also provides up to 14 days of medical and wage replacement benefits if first responders and health care providers are quarantined. No benefits will be paid after the quarantine period has ended unless the employee tests positive for COVID-19. If the virus is contracted on the job, the employee becomes eligible for full workers' compensation benefits just like any other compensable work injury claim.
"While most workers' compensation carriers are providing coverage for health care providers during this pandemic,
An estimated 80,000 workers will be covered under the executive order, including:
* 64,046 paid medical providers, including nursing home workers
* 1,101 paid firefighters
* 7,714 volunteer firefighters
* 5,907 paid law enforcement personnel, including correctional officers
* 873 volunteer ambulance personnel.
Coverage is available beginning
To apply for benefits, workers can visit the WSI website at www.workforcesafety.com.
A total of 1,955 tests have been completed, with test samples coming from 50 of the state's 53 counties.