Maryland Governor announces COVID-19 diabetes grants

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the state would commit $94 million in new grants to assist the treatment and prevention of diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday. The grants come as a part of a $500 million Health and Economic relief initiative from the state in the weeks approaching the end of the year.

More than 34 percent of Maryland’s population has either diabetes or prediabetes, according to the state’s department of health. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the state, and those with diabetes are at higher risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19.

 

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“Even in the midst of a pandemic, diabetes continues to be one of the most devastating health issues in our state,” Hogan said in a press release, “and having diabetes puts individuals at risk of serious illness from COVID-19, so this comes at an important time.”

The grants include an $86.3 million in local hospitals to support education, prevention, and treatment training programs for those dealing with diabetes, and $6.6 million to help those who face socioeconomic barriers to diabetes care.

A study by Lancet in May shows that diabetes is the most common comorbidity reported for those who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic.