Coronavirus Update: Delivering More Than $1 Billion in Federal Funding for Maryland
As you know, Congress just passed an additional support package for small businesses, hospitals and testing. This builds on last month's Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act – a bipartisan, $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package.
In this update, I wanted to share how the dollars from the CARES Act have flowed to Maryland – more than $1 billion so far – to help fight the virus and weather this public health emergency.
- Hospitals and Health Care Providers: $742 million for Maryland hospitals and health care providers to help cover the cost of responding to COVID-19 and continue delivering high-quality and affordable care to Marylanders.
- K-12 Schools: $200 million to help school districts pay for the costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes planning and coordinating long-term school closures and purchasing educational technology to support online learning for all students.
- Higher Education: $170 million for Maryland’s higher education institutions, half of which will provide direct assistance to students.
- State Airports: $107 million for Maryland airports, including more than $87 million for Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI).
- Counties and Cities: $48 million to help Maryland counties and cities respond to the economic and housing impacts of COVID-19.
- Online Learning: $45 million for Maryland school districts and institutions of higher education to plan for and coordinate long-term closures and purchase educational technology to support online learning for all students.
- Child Care Centers: $45 million to help Maryland child care centers meet emergency staffing needs and continue providing child care services for frontline health care workers, emergency responders, sanitation workers and other essential employees.
- Community Health Centers: $15 million to help Maryland’s Community Health Centers (CHCs) respond to COVID-19. Throughout our CARES Act negotiations, I fought for significant investments in our CHCs, which provide essential medical, vision, dental and mental health care – along with affordable prescription drugs – to millions of patients across America.
- COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: $3.8 million to help Maryland mitigate and contain the virus, including funds for surveillance, epidemiology, lab capacity, infection control, communications and other preparedness and response activities.
- HIV/AIDS Programs: $2 million for programs that serve Marylanders living with HIV/AIDS – a immunocompromised population at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering serious health complications.
- Dislocated Workers: $1.6 million to help create jobs and job-training programs for laid-off Maryland workers.
- Legal Aid Services: $422,000 in federal funding for Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) to help low-income Marylanders navigate legal problems stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic – including job losses, evictions and domestic violence.
As Congress considers additional rounds of federal COVID-19 relief, I will continue working closely with my colleagues in the Maryland Congressional Delegation to deliver critical resources for our state.
For a full list of coronavirus-related resources, please visit my website.
Congressman John Sarbanes
Maryland’s Third Congressional District