Hospitals in the region have raised distress signals to their congressional delegations about inadequate staffing as they prepare for surge capacity. The number of confirmed cases — more than 4,000 across the region on Wednesday afternoon — nearly quadrupled over the last week alone, with 1,986 cases now in Maryland, 1,485 in Virginia and 590 in the District.
Leaders in the District, Maryland and Virginia sent a letter to President Donald Trump on March 15 requesting the national capital region be designated a priority location for a federally-funded Covid-19 testing site. They’ve grown increasingly impatient at the lack of federal action. Other local needs mirror vast parts of the country. There’s a deficit in personal protective equipment, hospital beds and ventilators — and it’s hard to justify stockpiling when the machines are needed more elsewhere right now.
“We’ve got 6 million people here that are absolutely crucial to the wheels of government continuing to move, but things are not moving in a good direction,” Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) said between calls with local health care professionals. “These urban areas where the majority of our federal workers live will be hit much, much harder. We’ve got to see that coming and we’ve got to use every day, every week, to help build up the beds, ventilators, (protective equipment) and testing.”
Unions representing federal workers, attesting to abysmal conditions on the ground, are calling on the administration to immediately enact so-called continuity…