The Military's Coronavirus Cases: The Latest Rundown

  • Soldiers stand in formation while wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing.
    Soldiers stand in formation while wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing during reception before entering basic combat training May 14, 2020, at Fort Sill. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Dustin D. Biven / 75th Field Artillery Brigade)
  • A Department of Health employee trains New York Army National Guard Soldiers.
    A Department of Health employee trains New York Army National Guard Soldiers to register people on iPads at a drive-through COVID-19 Mobile Testing Center in Glenn Island Park, New Rochelle, Mar. 14, 2020 (U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Amouris Coss)

This story was last updated Aug. 12.

As COVID-19 continues to spread to communities across the country, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are providing daily updates on the number of confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus in the military community, as well as the number of tests administered to military members.

As of Aug. 12, officials said there have now been 45,315 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 32,299 military, 4,289 dependents, 6,824 civilians and 2,920 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 17,276 military members, 2,376 dependents, 3,188 civilians and 1,400 contractors have recovered, and 73 DoD-connected personnel have died: four troops, seven dependents, 46 civilians and 16 contractors.

Of the cases, 1,087 have required hospitalization, officials said: 520 service members, 310 civilians, 113 dependents and 144 contractors.

DoD began releasing service-specific case data April 3. There are now 11,140 Army cases; 5,073 Air Force cases; 3,991 Marine Corps cases; and 7,568 Navy cases. There are also 4,223 cases within the National Guard, and 304 among other elements.

The Defense Department announced the first military-connected coronavirus death March 22: a DoD contractor based in Falls Church, Virginia who worked for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The first military dependent died March 26 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

On March 30, the Defense Department announced the first death of a U.S. service member from the disease: Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, 57, of the New Jersey Army National Guard.

On May 22, an Army reservist, 34-year-old Sgt. Simon Zamudio, also died from COVID-19.

These are some of the cases for which public information is publicly available:

Marine Corps



Air Force

On March 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the first VA-connected fatality due to coronavirus: a veteran in his 70s in the VA Portland, Oregon, health care system who had "underlying health issues."

As of Aug. 12, VA is also tracking 44,091 total cumulative positive cases among veterans and VA employees. It began releasing totals for both populations May 4. It is no longer breaking the numbers down by presumptive positives and positives confirmed by the CDC. A total of 2,349 veterans tracked by the VA have died.

VA officials say they have administered more than 494,766 coronavirus tests to date, and add they believe they have enough to meet demand.

Troops or veterans who believe they have symptoms of the virus, which can include shortness of breath, fever and a cough, are advised to call their health care provider or VA facility right away. Military members are also advised to stay home and notify their supervisor.

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