A number of states, both red and blue, have banded together in order to pursue a coordinate testing strategy in the fight against the coronavirus, CNN reports.
Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland negotiated with the Rockefeller Foundation to help create “the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Governor Hogan’s office. The plan includes 3.5 million tests that are faster-acting.
As of August 4, the multistate compact includes Larry Hogan, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Mike DeWine of Ohio, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Ralph Northam of Virginia and Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina. Other states, cities and local governments can join as well, CNN reports.
The effort seeks to increase the speed of testing and results to better combat the spread of the coronavirus.
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