ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan said national labs must do a faster job of processing coronavirus tests as delays are leaving some people in limbo about their status for weeks.
The governor told CNN Monday night that Baltimore City is seeing a rise in cases “mainly because they weren’t doing enough testing and now they are.”READ MORE: Summer Surge: As Coronavirus Infections Rise In Maryland, Some Reveal Why They Won’t Get Vaccine; Hogan Says ‘Breakthrough’ Infections Under 1%
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At a press conference last week, city health commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa disputed that claim.
“We are seeing the number of new cases increase at a rate higher than what we would expect from an increase in testing capacity alone, and have seen an increase for multiple days in a row,” she said.READ MORE: Chaotic Pop-Up Block Parties Disrupt North Baltimore Neighborhood
Over the weekend, the Maryland Public Interest Research Group wrote a letter to Hogan, signed by hundreds in the healthcare community, asking him to “shut down, start over and do it right.”
The governor has resisted closing down bars and indoor dining statewide.
“We’re in a holding pattern. We have been for the past 30 days,” Hogan told CNN. “We’re continuing to pause. We’re not ready to reopen anything further. Twenty-two states are now rolling things back that they had already reopened. We’re not in that position either.”MORE NEWS: Lamar Jackson Tests Positive For COVID-19, Misses First Day Of Ravens Training Camp