UPDATED RELEASE: Mayor's Statement on National Guard's Arrival in Baltimore

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Bernard C. “Jack” Young


City of Baltimore

250 City Hall • Baltimore, Maryland 21202 • 410-396-3835



March 20, 2020

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Mayor's Statement on the Maryland National Guard's Arrival in Baltimore

Guard to support City's efforts to serve vulnerable populations.


BALTIMORE, MD.  — Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young issued the following statement regarding the arrival of the Maryland National Guard in Baltimore today:

“My administration requested that the Guard deploy in Baltimore to provide humanitarian assistance in partnership with our city agencies as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Young said. “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,” Mayor Young said.