Gov. Baker activates Mass. National Guard to assist with coronavirus response

BOSTON (WHDH) - Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday activated the Massachusetts National Guard to support the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Baker’s order authorizes the activation of up to 2,000 National Guard members across the Commonwealth.

The National Guard will be tasked with supporting requests from state agencies for equipment, logistics, warehousing, and other related duties.

Local cities, towns, and state agencies are being told to submit requests for support through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

“Activating the National Guard will help support our administration’s efforts to keep residents safe and secure during the COVID-19 outbreak,” Baker said in a statement. “The expertise of the Massachusetts National Guard will benefit our communities with logistical support and other assistance as we continue to respond to this crisis.”

Baker declared a state of emergency on March 10.

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