This story was last updated Aug. 7.
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. 7, officials said there have now been 43,634 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 30,392 military, 4,093 dependents, 6,410 civilians and 2,739 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 15,896 military members, 2,200 dependents, 2,856 civilians and 1,283 contractors have recovered, and 72 DoD-connected personnel have died: four troops, seven dependents, 45 civilians and 16 contractors.
Of the cases, 1,056 have required hospitalization, officials said: 510 service members, 295 civilians, 113 dependents and 138 contractors.
DoD began releasing service-specific case data April 3. There are now 10,245 Army cases; 4,789 Air Force cases; 3,746 Marine Corps cases; and 7,166 Navy cases. There are also 4,151 cases within the National Guard, and 295 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:
- A Quantico-based Marine was Virginia's first coronavirus case March 7 and is in treatment at Fort Belvoir.
- Two Marines at Marines at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California, have tested positive.
- The dependent of a Camp Lejeune-based service member was confirmed to have coronavirus earlier this month. The base is now in the elevated Health Protection Condition-Bravo.
- Two staff members, one sailor and one civilian, at the Capt. James A. Lovell Health Care Center in Chicago, Ill. tested positive March 21.
- A sailor stationed aboard Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba tested positive and is in home isolation.
- A civilian employee working at the Child Development Center at Naval Station Everett, Washington, tested positive March 23. The center was closed immediately for cleaning.
- A sailor aboard the guided-missile destroyer Ralph Johnson in Everett, Washington tested positive March 17.
- A sailor aboard the littoral combat ship Coronado in San Diego tested positive March 17.
- The Navy closed a San Diego schoolhouse March 17 after two students and an instructor got sick.
- A staff member with U.S. 2nd Fleet out of Norfolk, Virginia tested positive March 17.
- A sailor from Naval Base Point Loma, California is a presumed positive for coronavirus as of March 16.
- A Navy civilian at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Falls Church, Virginia tested "presumptive positive" for the disease March 9.
- A sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship Boxer was diagnosed with coronavirus March 15 following a March 9 family day at sea onboard the ship.
- Another sailor from Naval Base San Diego has also tested positive and is being isolated at home.
- A sailor in Italy tested positive for coronavirus March 7.
- A U.S. soldier in South Korea was the first confirmed active-duty case of coronavirus Feb. 25.
- The soldier's wife also reportedly contracted the virus.
- The Korea-based widow of a retired soldier was diagnosed the same week.
- A sailor assigned to U.S. Army Europe's headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany, has also tested positive.
- Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota reported one "adult, non-military" individual who tested positive March 18. The base declared a public health emergency.
- An airman at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, tested positive March 16.
- A civilian employee at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, was the state's first COVID-19 case.
- Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, has also announced a coronavirus case on base involving an active-duty airman now undergoing treatment.
- Two are being treated for coronavirus at Travis Air Force Base, California: an active-duty airman and a military dependent.
- An active-duty airman assigned to Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, was the first airman to test positive March 12.
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. 7, VA is also tracking 42,176 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 2,247 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.
-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.