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The Division of Workers’ Compensation announced its Eureka satellite office will close the physical location at 409 K St. on July 1, 2021 and its operations will remain online.

By most accounts, the virtualization of matters proceeding through the litigation process has been a positive experience for the industry. Additionally, depositions have been successfully taken online. And some medical evaluations have been by telehealth.

The Eureka satellite office has conducted operations virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

All Eureka matters will continue to be heard either by phone or video even after COVID-19 restrictions ease.

As of July 1, all filings that are sent by U.S. Mail should be directed to the Santa Rosa district office.

It is not known if this is a precursor to the “new normal,” or just the destiny for one of the smaller and remote offices of the statewide system. Over the next few months, the virtual evolution, if there will be one, will likely become more transparent.