Analysis / Covid-19

Covid-19 Response Update: June 4-June 18

Combating Covid-19 Series

This is CSIS’s weekly roundup of major updates on the military and the novel coronavirus since Friday, June 4. 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 decreased over the past week, with the 7-day average decreasing to 252 new cases as of June 18. While the 7-day average did rise slightly in early June, cases remain low and largely consistent with broader trends in the U.S. population. Deaths rose by 1 over the past two weeks, reaching 354 as of Friday, June 18. DoD has administered a total of 3,871,488 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as of June 18.  

Major Updates

  • June 8: Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby announced that the Air Force in partnership with USAID is coordinating deliveries of critical PPE to South Asia as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • June 11: DoD reduced its community vaccine centers to 5 locations in partnership with FEMA. The initiative administered 16 million vaccines since last February at up to 35 locations across the nation.
  • June 16: DoD eclipsed 300,000 total cases of Covid-19.

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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William Healzer, Adam Saxton and Mark Cancian, "Covid-19 Response Update: June 4-June 18," Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 18, 2021, last modified June 18, 2021,