JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Gov. Tate Reeves signed two new executive orders to protect healthcare professionals from transmission and liability as they aid in Mississippi's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The first order, No. 1470, ensures that personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies are not depleted by unnecessary surgeries, as well as protect the health and safety of healthcare professionals who are needed to help in the coronavirus response.
Executive Order No. 1470 is effective from Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. until Monday, April 27 at 8 a.m. State, county and local law enforcement are authorized to enforce it.
The second executive order, No. 1471, creates additional protections from civil liability for healthcare workers and facilities assisting outside their normal operations in the response to COVID-19.
No. 1471 is effective until May 15 at 11:59 p.m.
"We are so blessed to have our nation's best and brightest in our state's healthcare system, and I thank these healthcare heroes for caring for Mississippians as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19," Reeves said. "While they're fighting to protect us, we're going to do everything in our power to protect them. These orders help protect our healthcare professionals who are working diligently on the frontlines to save lives. We must all do our part to take care of our healthcare workers and one another during this difficult time."
Because of the urgent need to maintain a robust response supported by all available healthcare professionals, Reeves has also authorized the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Mississippi State Board of Nursing, and the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure to make, amend, and rescind any orders, rules, or regulations deemed necessary for our state's healthcare professionals to help with the response efforts.
Open the links below to view the orders: