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States Respond to COVID-19: Governors Band Together to Curb Virus

Governors from six states — Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia — announced a bipartisan interstate compact to expand COVID-19 testing, stop the spread of the virus, and help state economies safely recover.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) negotiated this band of states, which is the first of its kind and includes governors from three Republican and three Democratic states. Through this compact, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, states will be able to more effectively demonstrate the need for increased rapid antigen testing from private manufacturers,

This interstate cooperative purchasing agreement will provide a unique platform to purchase tests and associated supplies in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. Additionally, the states will coordinate on policies and protocols regarding rapid antigen testing technology.

We encourage all members to visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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