Civil Immunity for North Carolina Healthcare Providers and Entities During Pandemic

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper today signed the “COVID-19 Recovery Act,” which provides immunity to all healthcare providers and healthcare entities providing care to any patient during the state’s declared COVID-19 emergency. There are exceptions to the immunity grant for gross negligence or intentional acts. Curi expresses its gratitude to both the North Carolina Hospital Association and the North Carolina Medical Society for their collaboration on, and their tireless efforts in, securing this vital legislation. The text of the full bill is available here.

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