Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp yesterday issued a broad-reaching executive order purporting to expand the definition of which healthcare providers are engaged in emergency management activity and therefore have civil immunity during the declared pandemic. Unfortunately, the order is not clear about whether that immunity extends to private practicing physicians and their practices. The order, including the relevant “Healthcare” section on pp. 18-21, can be found here.
All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.