BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Maryland congressman wants to award “hero pay” — or bonuses — to hospital workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

The legislation is being proposed by Baltimore County Representative Dutch Ruppersberger.

He named the bill after Doctor Joseph Costa, the Director of the Critical Care Unit at Mercy Medical Center who died of the coronavirus in July.


The proposal would provide hazard pay to doctors, nurses, specialists and non-medical staff, such as custodians who work in close proximity to infected patients.

The specific bonus amount is not yet clear, nor where the funding would come from.

Ruppersburger will formally unveil the proposal Thursday at Mercy Medical Center.

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CBS Baltimore Staff