National Guard not being deployed in Louisiana

Published 7:30 pm Thursday, March 19, 2020

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VIDALIA — Concordia Parish officials said there is no truth to a rumor that the National Guard will be deployed in Louisiana in the next 48 to 72 hours.

“I have received several phone calls, text messages, and Facebook messages in regards to the rumor of the National Guard being deployed in the next 48 to 72 hours for a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all Louisiana residents,” said Timothy Vanier, director of Concordia Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. “That information is not true. It is totally false and is being spread through social media, text messages and by word of mouth.”

Vanier asked Concordia Parish leaders and local media to help get word out that there is no truth the rumors.

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“This is the kind of rhetoric that begins to cause fear and paranoia throughout our community, and it is up to us as the leadership of Concordia Parish to get factual information to the public to dispel false information,” Vanier said. “Today I have spoken with every mayor or mayor’s office in Concordia Parish to get a pulse of how things are going with the Governor’s Declaration for Concordia Parish and for each of the authorities having jurisdiction. I was very encouraged by the feedback and comments that I have received from each. I am assured that each AHJ is being diligent in their efforts to abide by the emergency declaration set forth by our governor.”