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State workers demand more COVID-19 testing

Posted at 10:32 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 23:14:49-04

BALTIMORE — Maryland state workers held a rally demanding more from Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday.

The local union formed a coronavirus caravan at various state work sights demanding the Board of Public Works to better fund the front lines.

They say they are concerned there hasn’t been adequate testing at state facilities like prisons and clients at state hospitals.

Patrick Moran, the AFSCME Md. Council 3 President said it comes down to the Governor to making sure they get the testing and resources his employees need to get the jobs done as safely as possible.

“The Governor is saying they are going to give broad groups of tests to folks where we know we can’t identify exactly where it’s coming from,” Moran said. "We know exactly what’s happening in his own faculties and he has an obligation to put his own employees in a safe and healthy environment.”

More than 200 Maryland correctional facility workers and around 100 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus.