Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation announced $6.4 million in federal funding to support Maryland’s health care system as it responds to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding comes through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“As the needs across our state increase on a daily basis, these federal funds will help meet the most immediate needs of Maryland hospitals, health centers and laboratories on the front lines of this crisis,” the delegation said. “Team Maryland will continue to fight for the resources our state urgently needs and to support health care workers throughout Maryland.”
Per the CDC, the funding announced today will help Maryland pay for lab equipment, supplies, staffing, shipping, infection control, surge staffing, monitoring of individuals and data management. The funding will also supplement an existing cooperative agreement to state jurisdictions through the Emerging Infections Program (EIP) to enhance surveillance capabilities.
The funding is allocated by the CDC to states and local jurisdictions with the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases, and to jurisdictions with accelerating COVID-19 cases.