Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) to publicly release his plan to use $205 million in federal funding secured by the Delegation to ramp up COVID-19 testing across the state.
The Governor is required to submit the plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by Saturday, May 30.
“… We urge you to outline how you will target testing resources to the hardest hit communities in Maryland, particularly communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” the Members wrote. “Additionally, we urge you to make your plan submission public, so Marylanders have a full understanding of the State’s testing goals and how these federal resources will be put to use.”
The Members continued: “While the State is making progress to expand testing capacity, we are still hearing from localities that more testing capacity is needed, which will be particularly important as the state continues to move forward with reopening. We are also still seeing disturbing racial and ethnic disparities in our state’s COVID-19 infection and mortality rates, which we believe necessitates an aggressive, targeted strategy."
The Members concluded: The $205 million in federal funds provide our state with important resources to develop a comprehensive testing strategy to address this serious problem.”