Allstate is warning of a “severe” COVID infection risk in its renters insurance policies, and is advising consumers to check with their insurer before they renew.
The warning comes just days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that as of August 24, the U and U.K. have confirmed more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus-caused COVID infections in the U, with more than 6,000 confirmed and suspected cases.
The total number of confirmed cases has been at more than 8,000.
Allstate has said that the “major factor” driving the increase in cases is the global pandemic and that its policyholders should check their policy coverage and take additional precautions.
The insurer issued the warning after it said that it received a number of calls about the potential of the virus infection risk for some renters insurance policyholders, but declined to disclose which individuals are among the people it was speaking to.
“We are working to clarify what the issues are with some of our policyholders and how we will be able to better serve our policyholder base,” Allstate said in a statement.
“We are also asking policyholders to be extra cautious about the time they spend with family and friends.
In general, it is best to stay away from crowded places and close doors and windows during the virus outbreak.”
Allstate added that it is “looking into the possibility of adding a COVID awareness section in some of the policies that are on sale at retailers and is working with insurers to provide the information.”
“We also encourage our policy holders to ensure they have the right type of policy in case the COVID outbreak spreads to their home,” the insurer said.