Governor Hogan and Governor Herbert Announce Utah’s Entry Into Bipartisan Interstate Testing Compact
Agreement Expands To Eight States, Four Million Rapid Point-of-Care Antigen Tests
Compact Now Includes Eight Governors—Four Republicans, Four Democrats
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Utah Governor Gary Herbert today announced that Utah has become the eighth state to join the bipartisan interstate testing compact for rapid point-of-care antigen testing. With Utah’s entry, the compact will now expand to four million tests.
First announced on Tuesday, this is the first interstate testing compact of its kind during the COVID-19 pandemic. The compact now includes eight governors—four Republicans and four Democrats—in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition to providing any necessary financing mechanisms, the Foundation will help the states set policies and protocols for the use and deployment of these tests.
“This compact builds on the bipartisan partnership among governors throughout the pandemic, and meets the pressing need in our states for more and faster tests,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank my friend Governor Herbert for agreeing to be part of this groundbreaking agreement as we work together to protect the health and safety of our citizens.”
“Rapid test results are crucial to helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” Governor Herbert said. “I’m grateful to Governor Hogan for establishing this compact, which will enable us to access the fastest testing technologies in the quantities we need them to expand rapid testing in our state.”
The states are already in active discussions with Becton Dickinson and Quidel—the U.S. manufacturers of antigen tests that have been authorized by the FDA—to purchase 500,000 tests per state. Through this interstate compact, states are coming together to ramp up the use of rapid antigen testing to help better detect outbreaks more quickly, and expand long-term testing in congregate settings such as schools, workplaces, and nursing homes.
Members of the Bipartisan Interstate Testing Compact
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R)
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D)
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R)
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D)
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D)
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R)
Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R)
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D)