2020-4-29

Governor Northam Acts to Ensure Liability Protections for Healthcare Workers

Executive order reinforces statutory liability protections for healthcare providers during COVID-19 emergency

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Sixty, which reinforces certain existing statutory liability protections for Virginia healthcare workers. Due to COVID-19, public and private healthcare providers are operating with limited resources and may be forced to serve patients outside of conventional standards of care.

“Virginia’s healthcare workers are heroes,” said Governor Northam. “We must ensure that they can continue to provide high-quality and compassionate care during this tremendously challenging time.” 

Virginia’s code offers protections for healthcare workers and first responders in cases of emergency. This order clarifies that these statues protect healthcare workers operating during the COVID-19 crisis. Nothing in this order prevents liability in the case of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

The full text of Executive Order Sixty is available here.

"Where Did Spring Go?"

Now everywhere the greenery
far as the eye can see
yet where did the spring go
would someone please tell me.
 
Yes spring time with the yet cool nights
though signs that summers coming soon
it could be brisk in early morn
but quite warmed up by noon.
 
The trees were shedding all old leaves
and piles were raked where e're you'd go
yet I being from the Midwest
would wait til the wind did blow.
 
Now I know the neighbors were shouting
though it wasn't really at me
I feel they were just excited
at all the new leaves they'd see.
 
Yes springtime I did really miss
after waiting for a year
lets hope when winter next is gone
that springtime will appear.
 
                         - Roy E. Schepp
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