REPORT: COVID Leading Cause Of Work-Related Deaths In Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state officials say COVID-19 was responsible for about one quarter of the 106 work-related deaths reported in Washington in 2021.

The Seattle Times reports the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries reported the numbers this week.

The numbers show coronavirus was the leading cause of work-related deaths in the state for the second year in a row.

In 2021, 26 people died after contracting the coronavirus while in a workplace, while 24 people died in 2020.

The number of total workplace deaths declined in 2021 from 119 deaths in 2020.

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