This story was last updated Oct. 20.
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 Oct. 16, officials said there have now been 75,049 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 51,437 military, 7,037 dependents, 11,775 civilians and 4,800 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 35,360 military members, 5,077 dependents, 7,710 civilians and 3,303 contractors have recovered, and 100 DoD-connected personnel have died: eight troops, seven dependents, 62 civilians and 23 contractors.
Of the cases, 1,597 have required hospitalization, officials said: 717 service members, 526 civilians, 143 dependents and 211 contractors.
DoD began releasing service-specific case data April 3. There are now 19,290 Army cases; 8,057 Air Force cases; 6,403 Marine Corps cases; and 11,367 Navy cases. There are also 5,945 cases within the National Guard, and 375 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.
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 Oct. 14, VA is also tracking 68,802 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 3,745 veterans tracked by the VA have died.
VA officials say they have administered more than 799,252 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.