The Hogans get 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea

The Hogans get 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea

Gov. Larry Hogan said first lady Yumi Hogan was instrumental in the success of the Operation Enduring Friendship. The governor made the announcement Monday afternoon on the steps of the State House in Annapolis as the flags of South Korea and Maryland billowed behind them. (screenshot)

Maryland has secured 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Monday afternoon.

Hogan described the secret Operation Enduring Friendship as unprecedented.

The swab tests — from two South Korean companies — arrived on a chartered Korean Air jet on Saturday, Hogan said. The flight was the first from South Korea to land at Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport, he said.

The operation required many days and nights of coordination between not only Maryland and South Korean officials but also several federal agencies, Hogan said. There were many other challenges, he said, including the language barrier and a 13-hour time difference.

First lady Yumi Hogan

The governor thanked his wife, whom he said was instrumental in pulling off the operation. She is the nation’s first Korean-American first lady and Maryland’s first Asian-American first lady, her husband said. She joined her husband at the news conference, which was held on the steps of the State House in Annapolis as South Korea’s and Maryland’s flags billowed behind them.

The governor said the locations where the tests would be administered have yet to be determined.

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Regina Holmes

Contributing editor Regina Holmes has worked as a journalist for over 30 years. She was an assistant business editor at the Miami Herald and an assistant city editor at Newsday in New York City, where she helped supervise coverage of 9/11, anthrax attacks and the August 2003 Northeast Blackout. As an assistant managing editor of the Baltimore Examiner, she helped launch the free tabloid in 2006. Before joining Maryland Reporter, she was the managing editor for Washington, D.C.-based Talk Media News, where she supervised digital, radio and video production of news reports for over 400 radio stations. The Baltimore native is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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