(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the extension of Executive Order 2020-61, which relaxes the scope of practice laws for Michigan hospitals, allowing for facilities to deploy qualified health professionals such as respiratory therapists, physician assistants, and nurses, giving them the go-ahead to provide additional needed care to COVID-19 patients.
“By allowing qualified, dedicated health care workers to treat COVID-19 patients we can continue to slow the spread of the virus and save lives,” Whitmer said. “In these times of crisis, I am grateful for our brave health care workers who are on the front lines every day protecting our families. We will get through this together.”
Additionally, the order reinforces an existing law that protects hospitals and health care workers from liability for taking necessary steps to protect Michiganders during an emergency, the governor's office said.
Read the full order here.
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