Colorado officials working to dispel National Guard rumors

Flier claims National Guard being nationalized
Posted at 4:36 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 18:36:05-04

Colorado officials are working to dispel rumors about the National Guard after a flier began circulating in Pueblo and on social media.

That flier claims the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to mobilize Guardsmen for a nationwide two-week quarantine.

According to the Department of Defense, the President has not federalized the National Guard in the effort to combat COVID-19.

As of March 25, nearly 10,000 members have been called up to support that operation, and some are federally funded, but all remain under the control of their state governors.

The DOD also says none are involved in law or quarantine enforcement.

“There’s no plan to use the National Guard in Title 32 or state active duty status or in any other status to do quarantine [enforcement] or enforce shelter-in-place operations,” said Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

The Defense Department says as it assists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to stop the spread of disinformation by using trusted sources of information, including the CDC and DOD websites.

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