Boston Bringing In Retired General To Advise On Coronavirus

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) commanded in Afghanistan. Now, his consulting firm has been brought on to help advise the City of Boston in the battle against COVID-19.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the hiring of the McChrystal Group at a press conference Monday afternoon.

As a four-star general, McChrystal headed the Joint Special Operations Command in the mid-2000s. Walsh said he'll now update Boston's plans and services to meet the needs of city residents.

"This specialized team, the McChrystal Group, will focus on supporting our work and the effectivenes of our response here in Boston," Walsh said. "That will include coordination of our agencies, integrating our response plans, ensuring effective and transparent communication of those plans to all of our residents, so people in Boston know everything that we're doing."

Mayor Walsh said the city would share the McChrystal Group's insight with other cities and towns, if they find it to be helpful.

The mayor could not say what the hiring of the consulting group would cost.

Walsh also confirmed the second coronavirus-related death in Boston, and said there were 133 cases of COVID-19 in the city.

He reminded residents not to hoard food, water, or any other supplies, and reiterated that the city's water supply is safe. He also asked everyone to please not "pass on rumors," and only get their information from official sources.

"The best thing we can we do right now is stay home," he said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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