ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — As the flu season nears, a lab at the University of Maryland Baltimore is now able to use a new test that will be able to detect the coronavirus and Types A and B of the flu, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday.
In anticipation of flu season, the state transitioned its signature lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore over the past month “to allow for the use of a CDC-developed multiplex assay test, which is able to detect both COVID-19 and Types A and B of the flu,” Hogan said during a news conference.
The state is also undergoing contingency planning in case of a flu or COVID-19 surge this fall.
HOGAN NEWS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:
- Maryland Childcare Centers Can Resume At Maximum Capacity
- Indoor Nursing Home Visitation Can Begin Immediately In Maryland, Hogan Says
- Hogan: There’s ‘Really No Excuse’ To Not Try To Return Kids To Classrooms Despite Coronavirus
- Gov. Hogan Announces New Testing Can Detect COVID-19, Influenza A & B; Encourages Marylanders To Get Flu Shot
Hogan also encouraged Marylanders to get their flu shot this season.
“The First Lady and I have got our [flu shot] and I want to strongly encourage all Marylanders to do the same,” the governor said.
Watch the full news conference below: