This story was last updated Jan.22.
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 Jan. 22, officials said there have now been 206,357 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 132,917 military, 21,463 dependents, 38,895 civilians and 13,082 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 83,196 military members, 13,085 dependents, 21,794 civilians and 7,881 contractors have recovered, and 225 DoD-connected personnel have died: 17 troops, nine dependents, 145 civilians and 54 contractors.
Of the cases, 3,146 have required hospitalization, officials said: 1,287 service members, 1,105 civilians, 343 dependents and 411 contractors.
DoD began releasing service-specific case data April 3. There have now been 46,707 Army cases; 27,562 Air Force cases; 16,520 Marine Corps cases; and 27,562 Navy cases. There are also 17,085 cases within the National Guard, and 915 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 Jan. 22, VA is also tracking 197,416 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 8,334 veterans tracked by the VA have died.
VA officials say they have administered more than 1,254,055 coronavirus tests as of Jan. 15, and add they believe they have enough to meet demand.
The VA has also administered more than 438,000 vaccine doses as of Jan. 19.
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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