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2 guardsmen from Alabama, California die of COVID-19

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US National Guard stand watch at the US Capitol on January 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Two more US service members have died from COVID-19, bringing the official number of troops killed during the pandemic to 19.

The two deaths were first noted in Wednesday’s update of the online chart the Pentagon maintains of coronavirus cases connected to the department.

A Pentagon spokesperson identified the service members as an Air National Guard member from Alabama and an Army National Guard member from California. The spokesperson directed The Hill to each state’s National Guard for more information, and spokespeople for each did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The two guardsmen join six other National Guardsmen who have died from COVID-19, as well as eight reservists.

In addition, three active-duty service members have died from the disease: a Navy sailor and two Army soldiers.

Overall, the Pentagon has reported 225,753 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, according to the department’s online chart.

The total cases reported Wednesday include 143,272 in the military, 45,106 among civilians, 23,034 among dependents and 14,341 among contractors.

Among military cases, 1,346 service members have been hospitalized over the course of the pandemic and 95,649 have recovered.

In addition to the 19 military deaths, there have been 164 civilian deaths, nine dependent deaths and 60 contractor deaths, according to the Pentagon data.

According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data, the Defense Department has received 872,325 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and has administered 508,965 of those. That includes 75,347 people have gotten the full two-dose regimen, according to the CDC.

Source: The Hill


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