A top National Guard general refuted claims of martial law and a nationwide quarantine today as troops continue to get called up during the coronavirus crisis:

Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Joseph Lengyel tweeted to reassure Americans:

“I hear unfounded rumors about #NationalGuard troops supporting a nationwide quarantine. “Let me be clear: There has been no such discussion.”

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Fox News reports:

Many people across the U.S. reported receiving text messages warning of martial law, prompting authorities to assure residents the messages were fake. U.S. defense officials have warned that foreign bad actors could use this uncertain time to plant bad rumors in order to panic the American public.

The National Guard released a statement confirming there have been 2,000 National Guard troops called to service in 23 states to support the COVID-19 response at the direction of their governors:

“Current National Guard COVID-19 response missions include, but are not limited to response planners; support to medical testing facilities; response liaisons and support to the state Emergency Operations Centers; support to healthcare professionals; logistics support; assisting with disinfecting/cleaning of common public spaces; providing transportation support for health care providers; collecting and delivering samples; and assisting with sample administration.”

A perfect example of what the National Guard is doing to help:

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