This story was last updated Sept. 30.
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 Sept. 30, officials said there have now been 66,375 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 45,759 military, 6,092 dependents, 10,210 civilians and 4,314 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 30,756 military members, 4,245 dependents, 6,639 civilians and 2,936 contractors have recovered, and 96 DoD-connected personnel have died: eight troops, seven dependents, 59 civilians and 22 contractors.
Of the cases, 1,367 have required hospitalization, officials said: 618 service members, 437 civilians, 131 dependents and 181 contractors.
DoD began releasing service-specific case data April 3. There are now 17,032 Army cases; 7,136 Air Force cases; 5,742 Marine Corps cases; and 10,260 Navy cases. There are also 5,742 cases within the National Guard, and 347 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 Sept. 30, VA is also tracking 61,609 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 3,459 veterans tracked by the VA have died.
VA officials say they have administered more than 737,201 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.
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