NGA Chair Hogan: No State Has Enough Testing, Protective Equipment, or Ventilators

On Tuesday’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” National Governors Association Chair and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) stated that “no state” has enough coronavirus testing and that “every single state in America has a shortage” of protective equipment, masks, and ventilators.

Hogan said, “There’s nobody in America that’s prepared, and we’re — we’ve been working very hard on that for more than three weeks.” He then discussed Maryland’s efforts to increase hospital bed capacity.

He added, “And on — with respect to the personal protective equipment and masks and the ventilators and all of those things that you’re hearing about, every single state in America has a shortage.”

Hogan later stated that the federal government has acted on some things governors have pushed for, and “there are improvements. But we’re continuing to push for more. We do appreciate some of the actions that have been taken. But we’re still not satisfied with some of the others.”

Host Rachel Martin later stated, “President Trump has suggested that the testing problems are over. They’ve been fixed. It’s no longer an issue.”

Hogan responded, “Yeah, that’s just not true. I know that they’ve taken some steps to create new tests, but they’re not actually produced and distributed out to the states. So it’s an aspirational thing, and they have taken — they’ve got some new things in the works, but they’re not actually out on the streets, and that’s — no state has enough testing.”

(h/t Mediaite)

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