This story was last updated April 14.
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 April 14, officials said there have now been 276,795 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 181,315 military, 27,514 dependents, 50,124 civilians and 17,842 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 173,560 military members, 26,792 dependents, 44,026 civilians and 16,361 contractors have recovered, and 336 DoD-connected personnel have died: 24 troops, 12 dependents, 224 civilians and 76 contractors.
Of the cases, 3,856 have required hospitalization, officials said: 1,605 service members, 1,384 civilians, 367 dependents and 500 contractors.
DoD began releasing service-specific case data April 3, 2020. There have now been 64,905 Army cases; 30,310 Air Force cases; 21,128 Marine Corps cases; and 37,069 Navy cases. There are also 26,803 cases within the National Guard, and 1,100 among other elements.
The Defense Department announced the first military-connected coronavirus death March 22, 2020: a DoD contractor based in Falls Church, Virginia who worked for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The first military dependent died March 26, 2020 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
On March 30, 2020, 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, 2020, an Army reservist, 34-year-old Sgt. Simon Zamudio, also died from COVID-19.
On March 14, 2020, 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 April 14, 2021, VA is also tracking 248,740 total cumulative positive cases among veterans and VA employees. It began releasing totals for both populations May 4, 2020. It is no longer breaking the numbers down by presumptive positives and positives confirmed by the CDC. A total of 11,512 veterans tracked by the VA have died.
VA officials say they have administered more than 3,250,531 coronavirus tests as of April 9, and add they believe they have enough to meet demand.
The VA has also fully vaccinated 2,275,723 people as of April 14.
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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