This is CSIS’s weekly roundup of major updates on the military and the novel coronavirus since Friday, July 9. It explores what the military has done to combat Covid-19 and how the military has in turn been affected by the virus.
New Department of Defense (DoD) cases of Covid-19 increased over the past week with the 7-day average increasing slightly from 174 last Friday to 198 new cases as of Friday, July 16. This rise in the 7-day average is consistent with broader trends in the U.S. population, which also witnessed a surge in cases this week associated with the Delta variant. Deaths rose by 4 over the past week, reaching 361 as of Friday, July 16. DoD has administered a total of 4,398,670 vaccine doses as of July 16.
- July 13: Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby stated that the department is continuing to actively encourage servicemen to get vaccinated. There has been marked progress in servicemen who initially refused to be vaccinated electing to receive their first dose.
- July 16: DoD has vaccinated 70 percent of servicemen across the joint forces.
Military Cases of Covid-19
How DoD cases have been trending over time is broken down below, by new cases; total cases; active cases in the DoD; and across the military services.
Methodological note: 1) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday totals are divided across the intervening days and weekends since DoD Covid-19 updates are only released during the work week on a M-W-F basis. 2) Adjustments were made on April 9 and April 15 when new cases where negative. These days were totaled and divided by the previous day to account for the correction. 3) DoD appeared to change the way cases were reported between April 15-Aprilt 16. A resulting spike in cases on April 16 was divided over the two prior days to account for this methodological shift.
This weekly update is made possible by the International Security Program at CSIS.
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