A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Georgia Hospital Association’s request to stay the operation of the highland animal health facility in Atlanta should go forward despite the outbreak.
The court said the hospital must remain open despite the risk of infection and the fact that it is not connected to the general population.
The court also said the case should be sent back to the district court in Atlanta to decide whether the hospital should be allowed to stay closed as a precautionary measure.
After hearing arguments from the Georgia Association of Hospitals, the Supreme Court held that the association had standing to sue because it had an active duty duty member in Georgia who had contracted Ebola and was cared for by a physician.
While the justices noted that the hospital has a high degree of autonomy, they did not rule on the merits of the hospital’s claim that the emergency department is unsafe.
Nathan Deal, a Republican, is expected to sign the decision.
“I will not compromise the safety of Georgia families and citizens and continue to call for Georgia hospitals to stay shut down when they know they are safer than in the past,” Deal said in a statement.
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