Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation announced $3,808,516 in federal funding for the Maryland Public Health Crisis Response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program.
“The current crisis is first and foremost a public health emergency. This federal funding will enable the response measures needed to limit the spread and mitigate the damage of COVID-19,” the lawmakers said. “We will continue to work closely with Governor Hogan to protect the health of all Marylanders.”
Funds can be used to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, lab capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications and other preparedness and response activities. The Maryland Department of Health will allocate funding to qualified local health departments across the state.
Maryland is expected to receive additional money through PHEP for an expected total of $11,399,141. The funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which has also provided more than $15.6 million for community health centers in Maryland and more than $48 million to counties and cities across the state – with more funding on the way.