Ohio’s General Assembly recently enacted two additional civil immunity provisions (House Bill 606 and House Bill 151) in connection with so-called “healthcare isolation centers” and “emergency medical services” in the context of COVID-19.
A “healthcare isolation center” is a center monitored by the Ohio Department of Health caring for patients with COVID-19-related infirmities. Civil immunity from suit for these centers is effective until October 1, 2021.
The second additional area of immunity is afforded in the context of “emergency medical services.” It enlarges the settings in which emergency medical technicians and first responders can provide emergency medical services. These services may be provided in any setting, including any area of a hospital, and must be under the supervision of a physician, designated physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse. This immunity is in place through June 30, 2021.
These two areas of additional immunity do not apply if there is reckless disregard or intentional willful or wanton misconduct.