Executive Order Limiting Liability for Connecticut Providers Responding to COVID-19 Grants Protections for Health Care Professionals and Hospitals Grappling With Pandemic
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On April 5, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued a much-anticipated Executive Order that provides immunity from civil liability to health care professionals and certain facilities supporting the state’s COVID-19 response efforts except for acts or omissions that constitute a crime, fraud, malice, gross negligence, willful misconduct, or would otherwise constitute a false claim under federal or state law.  The Governor’s Order specifically provides that the immunity conferred covers the entire time period extending from March 10, 2020, when the current public health and civil preparedness emergency was declared, including any period of extension or renewal.  Accordingly, the immunity covers acts or omissions that occurred prior to the issuance of the Executive Order that are attributable to the COVID-19 response effort.

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