Maryland’s GOP Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday described as “very disturbing” the 52% of coronavirus deaths among African-Americans in his state.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Hogan noted he called for a study to track the number of cases and deaths by race because it wasn’t being monitored, including by the federal government.
The study found black Marylanders make up 52% of the deaths from coronavirus, despite making up only 31% of the state’s population.
“This disparity among African-Americans is very disturbing,” Hogan said. “It’s why I called for the study. You know nobody was really tracking these things.”
He said the state has backtracked and completed 80%of its data and plans to release data by ZIP code.
“The vast majority of our resources are focused on that Baltimore-Washington corridor and these communities that you’re talking about,” he said. “It’s where almost all of our attention, all of our focus, all of our money, all of our health care, all of the assistance from the national guard, it’s really where all of our testing is being done.”
Hogan, the National Governors Association chair, also pushed back on President Donald Trump’s assertion last Friday that the White House is not receiving any calls from governors requesting medical supplies.
“I think we’ve certainly seen improvement over the past week to the week before,” he said.
“I think to say that everybody’s completely happy and that we have everything we need is not quite accurate,” he added.
As of Sunday morning, Maryland has confirmed 8,225 cases, which has led to at least 235 deaths and 1,860 hospitalizations.