ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate passed legislation unanimously Tuesday making COVID-19 an occupational disease covered by workers’ compensation.
“Each and every one of us owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to the first responders and emergency service personnel putting their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie). “I’m happy members of both sides of the aisle in the legislature came together and made this a priority and am thankful Governor Walz has already signed it into law.”
This will now provide access to workers’ compensation claims for several occupations. This includes: licensed peace officers; firefighters; paramedics; nurses, healthcare workers, correction officers, and security counselors employed by the state or a political subdivision at a corrections, detention, or secure treatment facility; emergency medical technicians; health care providers, nurses, and assistive employees employed in a health care, home care, or long term care setting, with direct COVID-19 patient care or ancillary work in COVID-19 patient units; and workers who are required to provide childcare to first responders and health care workers under Executive Orders 20-02 and 20-19.