Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and his wife, First Lady Yumi Hogan welcomed a shipment of 500,000 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits from South Korea over the weekend.
The tests come from LabGenomics, a South Korean based company. First Lady Yumi Hogan, a South Korean native, played an integral part in the negotiations to acquire the tests.
Known as “Operation Enduring Friendship,” the Governor’s discussions with the Republic of Korea began nearly a month ago.
The Governor and First Lady welcomed the shipment of tests on a Korean Air flight at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Saturday.
500,000 tests is significant because to date the United States has only conducted roughly 4 million coronavirus tests, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Governor Hogan highlighted that 500,000 is equivalent to the number of tests administered by 4 of the top 5 states in the U.S. combined.