DeSantis to Sign Controversial Hospital Immunity Bill, Add New Freedoms Related to COVID-19

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will sign a controversial bill granting immunity to hospitals against lawsuits related to their treatment of COVID-19, according to his office.

Floridians have been bombarding his office asking him to veto the bill because it offers protection from lawsuits only if medical providers follow government guidelines for treatment. For months, DeSantis has said he wants legal protections for doctors, allowing them to provide what they feel is best, even if those treatments don’t align with the federal government’s recommendations on how to treat COVID-19.

To address that problem, the DeSantis administration told The Epoch Times that the state Department of Health would be updating its policies to expand freedoms in three areas related to COVID-19. One of the updated policies will shield doctors who offer medical treatments they feel are best for their patients and not force adherence to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new policies will “buck CDC” guidelines by also eliminating forced masking of employees;  reducing COVID-19 quarantines in schools, child-care centers, and workplaces to five days; and adding treatment guidelinesempowering health care practitioners to follow science” and no the “status quo,” the office wrote in a news release being prepared for the announcement. 

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