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Mayor: National Guard deployed to provide humanitarian assistance

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Posted at 6:59 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 22:14:01-04

BALTIMORE — Mayor Jack Young has issued a statement in regards to the arrival of the Maryland National Guard in Baltimore on Friday.

Young says the administration requested the Guard be deployed to the city to provide humanitarian assistance as they work to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“The Guard's deployment helps provide resources we need to support the work being done to keep Baltimore healthy.

The National Guard will be stationed to help support meal distribution at school sites throughout Baltimore, feeding children through the program begun earlier this week and led by staff from the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, the Department of Planning, and the Department of Recreation and Parks. The guard will also provide aid in planning and logistical support for the city’s hospitals and medical teams.

I am confident that the deployment of the National Guard will help ensure Baltimore City has everything it needs to fully address COVID-19. I would like to thank Governor Hogan for working closely with the City of Baltimore and other counties throughout the State."

The Maryland National Guard tweeted stating that there is not a threat of martial law and that if you see a Humvee on your street, they are helping someone in need whether it's delivering much needed supplies or setting up tents for health screening stations.