Governor Hogan appeared on FOX News Radio, CNN, and MSNBC to continue to serve as “as chief spokesman for the nation’s governors” and to discuss his work leading the coordinated local, state, and federal response to the growing crisis in the National Capital Region.
For weeks, Governor Hogan has been appealing to federal leaders that the National Capital Region of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. would likely be the next coronavirus hot spot, risking a “major outbreak among our critical federal workforce” that could cripple “the national response” to the pandemic.
Yesterday, on a call with the Vice President and the nation’s governors that was led by Governor Hogan, the Trump administration recognized that the National Capital Region is a growing hot spot. At the White House briefing on Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx – the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator – also acknowledged that the National Capital Region is an emerging hot spot.
As the crisis escalates, Governor Hogan has continued to take aggressive action in Maryland to save lives. Just in the last few days, he enacted an emergency order to protect residents and staff at Maryland nursing home facilities, ordered the acceleration of the state’s hospital surge plan to be completed six weeks ahead of schedule, expanded telehealth services, and announced a series of financial relief initiatives to provide further assistance to millions of Marylanders and small businesses.