Pfc. Caleb Brisard takes a soldier’s temperature at the entrance of a local New York City hotel in support of the Department of Defense COVID-19 response, May 8, 2020. (Spc. Genesis Miranda/Army)
Military Times: Military’s COVID-19 cases growing at twice the nationwide rateMore than 4,100 service members have tested positive for coronavirus since the July 1, according to the Defense Department’s latest statistics, a rise of about 33 percent in the last 10 days. That is more than twice the rate of growth nationwide during the same period, 16 percent, as the U.S. more than once broke its daily records for new cases.
There were three new deaths, all of contractors or civilians, during this period as well.
Defense officials have attributed the recent rise in military cases both to increased testing and to the lifting of shelter-in-place orders in some force concentration areas, while expressing faith that local commanders are enforcing protective measures like social distancing and face covering for their troops.
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Update: US military coronavirus cases more than doubled in the last 3 weeks (CNN)
WNU Editor: The US military rates are still below the national average, but cases are popping up. Case in point …. Okinawa demands answers from US after 61 marines contract coronavirus (The Guardian).