Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $205,723,600 to increase Maryland’s COVID-19 testing capacity.
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This new federal funding follows a recent announcement of nearly $7 million to help Maryland’s Community Health Centers increase COVID-19 testing.
“Vigorous testing is still the key to safely reopen Maryland’s economy and help Americans get back to work,” the lawmakers said. “Our federal COVID-19 response effort has focused intensely on the need to expand America’s COVID-19 testing capabilities. We will continue to work closely with state and local officials to improve our ability to track the virus, contain outbreaks and protect the health and safety of all Marylanders.”
These funds are awarded to the Maryland Department of Health, which will allocate the resources statewide.