On January 4, 2022, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued Proclamation of Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency – COVID-19 (“Proclamation”), in response to the Omicron variant and its strain on Maryland hospitals. In this Proclamation, Governor Hogan again clarified that the Public Safety Immunity Act, Maryland Code, § 14-3A-01(b) of the Public Safety Article, confers health care providers with immunity when following state orders concerning COVID-19. Specifically, the Proclamation provides:
Health care providers who act in good faith under this catastrophic health emergency proclamation, including orders issued under the proclamation by the Governor and by other State officials acting at the direction of or under delegated authority from the Governor, have the immunity provided by § 14-3A-06 of the Public Safety Article of the Maryland Code.
Unless renewed by Governor Hogan, this Proclamation will no longer be in effect on February 4, 2022.
This is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. Please contact your attorney for additional information on this subject matter.