Analysis / Covid-19

Covid-19 Response Update: September 11-September 18

Combating Covid-19 Series

This is CSIS’s weekly roundup of major updates on the military and the novel coronavirus since Friday, September 11. It explores what the military has done to combat Covid-19 and how the military has in turn been affected by the virus.

New DoD cases of Covid-19 have recently reversed their two month long decline, rising this past week with the 7-day average increasing by 15 percent since last Friday to 391 new cases. For the second consecutive week deaths have risen by two, reaching 92 as of this Friday, September 18.

Major Updates

  • September 14: The Congressional Oversight Commission has asked DoD to explain how it approves companies for special Treasury Department loans from a $17 billion Covid-19 rescue fund. This request comes after one company approved for a special loan appeared to be at risk of a potential bankruptcy, exposing taxpayers to significant risk.

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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Mark Cancian, Adam Saxton and Nidal Morrison, "Covid-19 Response Update: September 11-September 18," Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 18, 2020, last modified September 18, 2020,