MI CReSS Data Reports

Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Study Data Report 3: Experiences of Working Adults with COVID-19 Onset Prior to June 1, 2020, in Michigan - September 13, 2021

  • Among the 869 adult respondents with COVID-19 onset prior to June 1, 2020 who reported employment status, 72.8% were employed. Employed respondents were predominantly female (56.0%), non-Hispanic White (50.4%) or non-Hispanic Black (24.7%), and 46 years old on average. Prior to their COVID-19 onset, 72.1% of respondents were required to work in-person and 27.9% worked remotely.
  • A disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases among working adults in Michigan were in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry sector, which represented 44.0% of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Michigan with onset prior to June 1, 2020, but only 15.1% of Michigan’s total employed individuals in 2019.
  • Adequate PPE availability varied greatly across industry. Among Transportation Equipment workers, who reported the lowest PPE availability, only 27.3% reported having adequate PPE “often” or “always.” In Hospitals, where the highest availability of PPE was reported in our sample, 58.9% reported having adequate PPE “often” or “always.”
  • The use of sick leave differed by industry. The proportion of in-person workers who were paid for their time off was lowest among Nursing and Residential Care Facility (73.1%) and Food Manufacturing (74.5%) workers.
  • Among employed respondents who knew the source of their exposure (63.8%), 60.5% said they were exposed at work. The most affected occupation was Healthcare Support, with 81.5% of employed respondents who knew their source of exposure reporting that they were exposed to COVID-19 at work.