21-68-4. Limitation--Actions--Health care provider.

A health care provider is not liable for any damages for causing or contributing, directly or indirectly, to the death or injury of a person as a result of the health care provider's acts or omissions in response to COVID-19. This section applies to all of the following:

(1)    Injury or death resulting from screening, assessing, diagnosing, caring for, or treating persons with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;

(2)    Prescribing, administering, or dispensing a pharmaceutical for off-label use to treat a patient with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19; and

(3)    Acts or omissions while providing health care to persons unrelated to COVID-19 if those acts or omissions support the state's response to COVID-19, including any of the following:

(a)    Delaying or canceling nonurgent or elective dental, medical, or surgical procedures, or altering the diagnosis or treatment of a person in response to any federal or state statute, regulation, order, or public health guidance;

(b)    Diagnosing or treating patients outside the normal scope of the health care provider's license or practice;

(c)    Using medical devices, equipment, or supplies outside of their normal use for the provision of health care, including using or modifying medical devices, equipment, or supplies for an unapproved use;

(d)    Conducting tests or providing treatment to any person outside the premises of a health care facility;

(e)    Acts or omissions undertaken by a health care provider because of a lack of staffing, facilities, medical devices, equipment, supplies, or other resources attributable to COVID-19 that renders the health care provider unable to provide the level or manner of care to any person that otherwise would have been required in the absence of COVID-19; and

(f)    Acts or omissions undertaken by a health care provider relating to the use or nonuse of personal protective equipment.

This section does not relieve any person or health care provider of liability for civil damages for any act or omission that constitutes gross negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct.

Source: SL 2021, ch 91, § 4.