Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, to announce $10.2 million in federal funding for Maryland’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“This funding represents our collective commitment to responding with strength and unity to this public health emergency. The decisions that we all make today will have enormous consequences for lives and livelihoods throughout Maryland,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland will continue to work closely with Governor Hogan and state and local officials as these resources are put to work in communities throughout the state.”
The resources announced today come from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which passed Congress earlier this month with the strong support of the Maryland Congressional Delegation. The bill provides states, localities and territories with resources to help plan for and mitigate the coronavirus by improving operational readiness, developing effective tools and strategies, boosting technical assistance and program support and strengthening communication and coordination among public health agencies and partners. This funding follows an initial $500,000 announced by the Maryland Congressional Delegation on March 5.
Per the CDC, funds made available today may be used for several activities, including, but not limited to:
- Case identification;
- Public health management and risk assessment of travelers and other persons with potential COVID-19 exposures and confirmed diagnoses;
- Travelers health;
- Data management;
- Equipment, supplies, and shipping;
- Infection control;
- Surge staffing;
- Distribution and use of medical material;
- Emergency operations and coordination; and
- Risk communications.