Gov. Hogan says claims that states have enough COVID-19 testing to reopen is 'not accurate'

Posted at 1:08 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 13:25:24-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union show, Gov. Larry Hogan said claims that states have enough COVID-19 tests to reopen is simply “not accurate.”

During a White House Coronavirus Task Force press conference on Saturday, President Donald Trump said that COVID-19 testing capabilities and capacities are “fully sufficient” to begin opening up the country.

However, Hogan said "lack of testing is probably the number one problem in America and has been since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Every governor has been fighting to get more tests from the federal government, from private labs, and from all across the world."

Gov. Hogan said that Maryland has increased its COVID-19 testing by 5,000 percent over the past month, but that it’s “nowhere near where it needs to be.”