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ALBANY – Every day, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals across New York risk potentially deadly exposure to COVID-19 as they work the front lines to treat coronavirus patients.

But they do not risk exposure to medical malpractice or other legal liability under New York state law — even if they make errors that lead to fatalities — unless they erred in a way that was grossly negligent, reckless, willful or criminal in nature.

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