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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 139049.015 Event: 09/11/2021Employee With Covid-19 Infection Dies
An employee was working as a receptionist and telephone operator at an outpatien t care center. She scheduled patient appointments. She worked in an area in whic h direct patient care was not being provided. Since March 1, 2020, she had been on a work status covered by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for ongoing canc er treatment. Her employment status ended on March 31, 2021. She contracted COVI D-19 from family members who were all positive. The employee was hospitalized on August 24, 2021. A representative of the emergency room (ER) stated that ER per sonnel were not notified that the employee had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 . The employee, her husband, and a child were all hospitalized. None were vaccin ated. The husband and child recovered. The employee died at 11:03 p.m. on Septem ber 11, 2021. The employer did not report the employee's hospitalization, but it did report the employee's death. The employer asked if this were a reportable e vent, when the COVID-19 was not contracted at work. This query was communicated to the CCAO AAD. CSHO was assigned to conduct an inspection per direction from t he Regional Office. The employee was positive for both cancer and COVID-19. This was not an OSHA-covered fatality.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1552642.015 Fatality Receptionists

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