State governors facing growing pressure to revive economies stalled by the coronavirus said on Sunday that a shortage of tests was among the most significant hurdles in the way of lifting restrictions in their states.
“We are fighting a biological war,” Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, a Democrat, said on “State of the Union” on CNN, adding that governors have been forced “to fight that war without the supplies we need.”
In interviews on Sunday morning talk shows, governors acknowledged the sweeping economic anguish that has been unleashed by the pandemic, but they continued to stress that limiting the spread of the virus was their highest priority.
“My goal is to try to get us open as quickly as we possibly can, but in a safe way,” Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican.