This story was last updated April 19.
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 19, officials said there have now been 280,038 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 183,875 military, 27,756 dependents, 50,564 civilians and 17,843 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 175,872 military members, 26,925 dependents, 44,468 civilians and 16,361 contractors have recovered, and 342 DoD-connected personnel have died: 24 troops, 12 dependents, 229 civilians and 77 contractors.
Of the cases, 3,927 have required hospitalization, officials said: 1,628 service members, 1,422 civilians, 373 dependents and 504 contractors.
DoD began releasing service-specific case data April 3, 2020. There have now been 66,598 Army cases; 30,538 Air Force cases; 21,353 Marine Corps cases; and 37,379 Navy cases. There are also 26,902 cases within the National Guard, and 1,105 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 19, 2021, VA is also tracking 250,582 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 11,565 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 2,392,780 people as of April 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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