Gov. issues order protecting HC workers from legal liability during COVID-19 outbreak

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an executive order that includes health care and medical facility employees, staff, and contractors in the definition of “auxiliary emergency management workers” under state law OCGA 38-3-35 – which limits their civil liability for the services they provide or perform within the health care or medical facility for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health State of Emergency “except in cases of willful misconduct, gross negligence, or bad faith can be demonstrated.” 

The health care and medical facilities that are covered by this order include…

– Hospitals (general hospitals, destination cancer hospitals, specialty hospitals)
– Nursing homes
– Assisted living communities
– Personal care homes
– Ambulatory surgical treatment centers
– Fixed or mobile specimen collection centers or health testing facilities
– Birthing centers
– Treatment centers for persons with traumatic brain injuries
– Free standing imaging centers
– Institutional infirmaries
– Public health centers
– Diagnostic and treatment centers 

MAG members can contact Bethany Sherrer at with questions.

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