WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Maryland lawmakers announced more than $36 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support Maryland’s COVID-19 response efforts.

“Additional help from the American Rescue Plan continues to help Maryland’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts,” the lawmakers said. “This pandemic has underscored an essential need to improve our public health resources for Maryland families and this new allocation will support our state’s ability to respond to COVID-19. Team Maryland will work tirelessly to secure additional funding to ensure that our state and local health departments have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe.”

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The funding, coming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, totals to $35,358,851. It is a part of the Health Crisis Response Program that was launched by the CDC to expand lab capacity, enhance disease surveillance and setup up state mitigation efforts.

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CBS Baltimore Staff