Army closes gap between new COVID-19 cases and recoveries
With 52 the military tested positive for the coronavirus On Monday, an increase of 0.8 percent, the Defense Ministry experienced one of its smallest overnight increases since February, and an almost equal number of recoveries, with 45 soldiers relieved of COVID-19[female[feminine the same day.
Overall, services have reported 4,265 cases and 1,303 recoveries, for a recovery rate of 31% to date.
Recovery is defined as a week without symptoms, normal body temperature without the use of fever reducers, and two negative coronavirus tests performed at least 24 hours apart.
In all departments, the infection rate is now 2,030 per million, or 0.2%.
Among US residents, the number of cases continues to increase by tens of thousands a day, to a current rate of 2,929 per million, or just under 0.3%.
Of the 52 new cases reported on Monday, more than 60% were from the Navy, which is working to contain a second outbreak aboard a deployed ship. About fifty sailors from the destroyer Kidd have tested positive, the Navy said in a statement on Monday, with 45% of the crew tested.
A handful of nuclear, counterterrorism and training units are also doing 100% test, to better manage the rate of asymptomatic infection in key organizations.
The Navy is now reporting a total of 1,691 cases of COVID-19, followed by 998 in the military, 351 in the air force, 308 in the Marine Corps and 801 in the National Guard.
Of these cases, 91 were hospitalized and two soldiers died.
In total, the DoD is tracking 6,548 cases, including civilians, dependents, and contractors. The 355 new cases on Monday were an increase of about 6%, one of the smallest 24-hour increases since cases started appearing in February.
There are currently 1,091 civilians who have tested positive for the coronavirus, up nine cases or 0.8% in the last day. Of these, 91 were hospitalized and 14 died, for a mortality rate of 1%.
Dependents experienced the biggest bump on Monday, with 865 current cases, up from 850 around 2% from the previous day. Of these, 33 were hospitalized and four died, a death rate of 0.5%.
Four new cases among entrepreneurs, from 423 to 427, show an increase of 0.9 percent. Of these, 61 were hospitalized and seven died, a mortality rate of 0.9%.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at the Military Times. It covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other matters affecting the military. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT