- Updated on February 15, 2022 -

COVID-19 and Federal Workers’ Compensation

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) makes it much easier for federal workers diagnosed with COVID-19 to establish coverage under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). To establish a COVID-19 claim, you simply need to establish:

  • You were diagnosed with COVID-19 via a positive test result (excluding home tests) or medical professional1; and
  • Within 21 days of your diagnosis of COVID-19, you carried out duties that required contact with patients, members of the public, or co-workers1.

Important Note:

In preparation for filing your Notice of Traumatic Injury, you should view this instructional video to learn how to register and verify your identity, and this video to learn how to file a claim. Doing so now will speed the process when you are ready to file your claim.

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1 You are deemed to have had exposure if you have COVID-19 symptoms or positive test result within 21 days of interaction with at least one other person (a patient, a member of the public, or a co-worker) in the course of your employment duties.

  • The interaction does not have to be direct physical contact. Nor is there a specified time for such interaction, any duration qualifies. General office contact and interaction is sufficient. This includes but is not limited to interaction in shared workspaces such as lunchrooms, break areas and common restrooms.

However, an employee that is exclusively teleworking during a covered exposure period is not considered a "covered employee" under the ARPA. See FECA Bulletin 20-09.