ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan revealed Thursday the state took extraordinary measures to safeguard the 500,000 tests he and First Lady Yumi Hogan obtained for $9 million from South Korea from possible confiscation by U.S. officials.

“The National Guard and the state police are both guarding these tests at an undisclosed location. These things are being distributed. They’re helping us distribute the tests,” Hogan told Washington Post Live Thursday.

WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren reports the tests will begin to go to nursing homes in Maryland, among other hot spots.

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“It was a little bit of a concern,” Gov. Hogan said about fears the federal government would seize the tests.

“It was a very complicated process,” Gov. Hogan added. “We spent about 22 days and nights dealing with this whole transaction with [South] Korea. At the last moment—I think 24 hours before—we got sign-off from the FDA and border and customs to try to make sure that we landed this plane safely.”

The governor recounted how Massachusetts’ governor had thousands of face masks confiscated by the federal government and had to get New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft to bring in a separate shipment with a private plane.

“This was an enormously valuable payload. It was like Fort Knox to us because it was going to save the lives of thousands of our citizens,” Gov. Hogan said. “We guarded that cargo with whoever might interfere with us getting that to the folks who needed it.”

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Comments (2)
  1. Barb says:

    I still can’t get tested since I am “not sick”, so what is the point of all these tests if people can not get tested? Lots of people have the disease and do not get sick at all or only have mild symptoms.

    The most dangerous people are the ones who have the disease and do not know it!

    The fact is no state has enough tests despite what Trump & the governors says-people can’t even get a proper mask much less tested- the government is just lying to us, but you bet that the politicians have proper masks (not that they wear them) and can get tested when ever they want.

    I bet the whole Hogan family gets tested whenever they want to, right?

  2. Ken C says:

    Evidence please! Governor is becoming a big problem. Always believed him to be a RINO

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