ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that the State of Maryland has received a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal administration in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Maryland reported 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday. It’s an increase of 157 new cases, which is the largest one-day increase to date.
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The announcement comes after Gov. Hogan pushed for disaster declarations for the states during a teleconference with the White House.
Hogan released a statement Thursday, saying:
“We are pleased that our federal partners answered our calls for action and swiftly granted Maryland’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration. This declaration will help provide much-needed funding for state and local governments and nonprofits, and it will be another important step in Maryland’s aggressive and coordinated response to COVID-19.”
Maryland will now be eligible for reimbursement for the Emergency Protective Measures taken by state and local government agencies and certain non-profit groups under its Public Assistance program under the Robert T. Stafford Act.