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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 125175.015 Event: 03/27/2020Employee With Covid-19 Infection Dies
An employee was working at a veterans' hospital. She was a clinical social worke r involved in outpatient and occasional inpatient social work at the healthcare facility. She had in-office duties, and she provided support at the medical clin ic, including face-to-face counsel within the facility and services to patients and visitors. She worked inside the facility on March 16th through March 20th. S he reported to her supervisor during that time her concerns about exposure to CO VID-19 while at work. On March 27, 2020, possibly at 11:30 a.m., she suffered a heart attack and died. Her death was due to complications related to COVID-19. T his was an OSHA-covered fatality. Her employer reported that the facility conduc ted a questionnaire type of screening for employees entering the health care fac ility but no temperature screening unless prompted by the questionnaire. The emp loyer recently provided N95 replica facemasks to staff to be worn when outside t he office or meeting with patients. Further, it required staff to practice socia l distancing when meeting with patients and when outside the office. No gloves o r other PPE were required for employees working inside the social work and commu nity-based service department.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1471719.015 Fatality Social workers

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