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Tests acquired from South Korea helping Maryland expand testing capacity

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Posted at 1:29 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 13:31:24-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With the half million tests acquired from South Korea, increasing lab capability, and acquiring reagents and other materials, such as a recent shipment of swabs from FEMA, Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland has been able to expand testing capacity to cover outbreaks, clusters, and hotspots across the state.

On Saturday, Col. Eric Allely, emergency safety and compliance officer for Maryland nursing homes, and his team delivered hundreds of COVID-19 tests to Charlotte Hall, a home for disabled veterans.

Maryland has expanded testing on the Eastern Shore, including a dedicated screening site at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury to address Delmarva poultry plant outbreaks. In addition, they will be conducting universal testing at both of Maryland’s processing plants.

While the focus remains on outbreaks and hotspots, Gov. Hogan said they are expanding testing for frontline health care workers and first responders, and increasing the number of drive-thru sites at Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations statewide.