Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge FEMA to Quickly Accept State Request for Field Hospitals in Baltimore

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Maryland’s Congressional Delegation in urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve the state's request for two federal medical stations in Baltimore. These units would increase Maryland’s hospital capacity by 300 beds and deliver approximately 1,096 ventilators.

“Maryland is actively planning, preparing and operating off of several models led by Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland. These models project a significant surge in infections in the state over the next few months, even after taking several actions and interventions to combat the spread of COVID-19,” the lawmakers wrote. “While Maryland is quickly moving to stand up additional sites in existing facilities, hospitals and clinics, the gap in available beds will still exist and requires immediate federal assistance.”