The total confirmed cases of coronavirus among Navy sailors has passed the 2,000 mark, and the sea service currently makes up 42 percent of all U.S. military cases, according to a report.
Military Times reports that after an additional 208 cases across the Department of Defense were confirmed over the weekend, the total number of cases now stands at 4,912, with more than 2,000 coming from the Navy. The infection rate among all troops is 0.2 percent, which is lower than the 0.3 percent nationwide average.
The mortality rate for military cases has been much lower than the general public, at 0.0004 percent compared to 2 percent, according to the report. Just 99 cases of the nearly 5,000 diagnoses have required hospitalization.
Outbreaks on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and the Arleigh Burke-class destroy USS Kidd (DDG-100) have largely driven the comparatively high Navy numbers.
MAIN PHOTO: PENSACOLA, Fla. (April 6, 2020) Sailors attending courses at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Corry Station, in Pensacola, Florida, employ social distancing while marching in formation. The Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain’s job of training and delivering qualified Sailors to the fleet is mission essential to national defense, and these are some of the many thousands of Sailors on mission, above, under, and on the seas as well as here at home on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. As the CIWT domain continues to do its part to mitigate the effects of this pandemic, the entire domain continues to carry out its core national security mission. Training over 20,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Neo B. Greene III/Released)