Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $19 Million in New Federal Emergency Public Health Funding to Support UMMS’ Response to COVID-19

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $18,711,424 in federal grants to help the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based, regional health care system focused on serving the state’s health care needs.

“The University of Maryland Medical System continues to play a critical leadership role in mobilizing and coordinating our state’s existing public health infrastructure and in developing new capabilities to respond to the greatest public health crisis in a generation,” the lawmakers said. “As Maryland continues to incur significant costs fighting COVID-19, these federal funds will help support our ongoing effort to tackle this public health emergency with expanded services for Maryland.”

This new funding for UMMS is among the federal emergency assistance unlocked through the major disaster declaration that the delegation helped secure in March. Funds are authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

The funds will help UMMS respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by: 

  • Providing an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), statewide disinfection procedures and technical assistance for Emergency Management in controlling immediate threats to public safety;
  • Providing, prepositioning and moving supplies, equipment, and commodities including PPE, medical equipment and decontamination systems; and
  • Providing medical services including disease testing, diagnosis, treatment and working to expand capacity through temporary medical facilities.

See here for more information about FEMA Emergency Protective Measures funding. The delegation previously announced the approval of emergency mental health services through FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) as a result of the federal emergency declaration.