The number of US troops with the coronavirus more than quadrupled in a week
Yussuf Mohamed sillah
March. 30, 2020
The number of coronavirus cases in the US military is on the rise, the latest Department of Defense figures show.
In just a week's time, the number of cases among US service members has more than quadrupled.
On March 23, the number of US troops that had the coronavirus was 133. A week later, the number of current cases has jumped to 569.
Across the entire Department of Defense, the number of coronavirus cases is also more than four times what it was a week ago.
Screen shot of DoD coronavirus figures DOD
In addition to the more than 500 military personnel who have the virus, the Pentagon reports that 220 civilian employees, 190 dependents, and 64 contractors have it.
As of last Monday, only 44 civilian personnel, 35 dependents, and 31 contractors had the coronavirus.
Screen shot of DoD coronavirus figures from COVID-19 fact sheet DOD
The number of military personnel who have been hospitalized has jumped from four to 26 in the past week, doubling from 12 on Friday. Hospitalizations among civilian employees, dependents, and contractors have also increased.
Among US troops, 34 service members have recovered. Across DoD, a total of 42 people have recovered from the virus. There have been no deaths among military or civilian personnel, but the coronavirus has killed a dependent and a contractor.
One of the more heavily affected service branches has been the Navy, which has suffered outbreaks not only aboard pier-side ships but also aboard a deployed ship. A coronavirus outbreak aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt forced the flattop to make port in Guam, where the entire crew is being tested for the virus .
While the Department of Defense is releasing daily coronavirus figures, Military Times reported that it has opted not to further disclose granular details that the department says could potentially give adversaries an advantage.
The coronavirus that first appeared in China has spread to more than 740,000 people and killed over 35,000 people worldwide . In the US, the number of cases has exceeded 140,000 with well over 2,000 dead.
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