Military/Defense Archives

November 2020
  • The number of new COVID-19 cases involving U.S. military personnel in Okinawa Prefecture hit a record high on Monday, with the Marines reporting 72 infections amid a nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases in Japan.
  • A North Dakota Army National Guardsman is the 12th service member to die of COVID-19 complications and the fourth reported service member to die this month from complications of the virus.
  • As part of OWS, the DoD and HHS agreed to pay $375 million to Eli Lilly for 300,000 doses of its antibody therapeutic, bamlanivimab.
  • State officials have launched investigations into a COVID-19 outbreak at a veterans nursing home in Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff members, and killed 27 veterans. As of Tuesday morning, 40 residents and 24 staff members were positive for the virus. There are currently 101 residents at the home.
  • The most recent COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update (Nov. 25) is available here.
  • Officials from the Trump Administration met with President-elect Biden this week for the first in a series of COVID-19 transition briefings about OWS. The focus of the initial meeting was on COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and distribution.
  • Chief Operating Officer of OWS, Gen. Perna, said that the U.S. federal government aims to distribute 6.4 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to states 24 hours after it gets emergency approval, and that officials are in the midst of dry runs to prepare for the shipments.
  • Anthony Tata, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, tested positive for COVID-19 last week after meeting with Lithuanian Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis on Nov. 13.
  • The DoD awarded Ology Bioservices a $37 million contract for the advanced development of anti-COVID-19 monoclonal antibody cocktail.
  • To combat the rise in COVID-19 cases at the Pentagon, the Pentagon will impose new COVID restrictions, cutting maximum occupancy to 40 percent and increasing the number of temperature checks on workers entering the building beginning Nov. 26.
  • An 11th service member, A 52-year-old Air Guardsman, has died from COVID-19 complications, the Hawaii National Guard confirmed.
  • The DoD confirmed that U.S. troops won't be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine before a vaccine is approved by the FDA.
  • Nearly one in four sailors aboard USS Michael Murphy have contracted COVID-19.
    • The ship has been in port in Hawaii, so there is limited operational impact.
  • A U.S. Coast Guard cutter on a counter-narcotics patrol was forced to return to its base in California on Wednesday, after 11 crew members tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Pentagon's top weapons buyer, Ellen Lord, expressed confidence that defense companies would remain open throughout the winter and keep weapons production on track, despite spikes in COVID-19 cases.
  • Today, Pentagon officials briefed the House Armed Services Committee on the impact of COVID-19 on defense IT systems, focusing on the DoD's technology vulnerabilities and their work to secure information networks.
  • Military health officials from the DoD and U.S. Coast Guard stated that, despite the pandemic, the effort to roll out an electronic health record program remains on track for full deployment by 2023 and ready for COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
  • Nearly one in four sailors aboard USS Michael Murphy have contracted COVID-19. The ship has been in port in Hawaii, so there is limited operational impact.
  • The military reported its tenth COVID-19 related death on Monday, a 45-year-old Army reservist.
  • Active COVID-19 cases among VA patients reached their 14th consecutive day of record-high levels over the weekend, surpassing 10,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
  • The military reported nine new COVID-19 cases at bases across Japan.
  • While Germany has cut back its quarantine time to 10 days, the U.S. military will stick with a two-week quarantine, meaning the American military community in Germany won’t be seeing shorter times in quarantine.
  • On Monday, the Pentagon announced a $6.2 million contract with Medline Industries to increase the domestic production of surgical masks, which will bring their production capacity to 36 million masks a month by May 2021.
  • Last week, seven military installations reinstated travel restrictions, the highest since mid-August.
      • The bases are Grand Forks Air Force Base and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Tennessee, and Naval Air Station Sigonella and Naval Support Activity in Italy.
  • A new study released Wednesday revealed that many military personnel and recruits who test positive for COVID-19 show no symptoms at all, suggesting that asymptomatic spread has likely played a big role in outbreaks.
  • A new study on the COVID-19 outbreak that spread on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, determined that transmission was facilitated by close-quarters conditions and asymptomatic and presymptomatic infected crew members.
  • A public health expert whom President-elect Biden named to his coronavirus advisory board said Tuesday that he is “concerned” about military plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • “Remember, this vaccine has to be kept at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit ... we don't have refrigeration operations like that out here and there have been very few resources provided to states and local health departments to go beyond the initial planning."
  • According to a new VA report, suicides and suicide attempts among veterans declined during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This news follows previous reporting that showed a 30 percent spike in active duty suicides in the Army and a 20 percent increase in overall military suicides this year.
  • In a project unveiled Tuesday, researchers are RTI are working with Garmin with the support of DARPA to determine if collecting more data from wearable devices at more frequent intervals improves disease detection.
  • According to an analysis by ProPublica, most states aren’t ready to distribute Pfizer’s vaccine, citing the vaccine’s requirement to be stored in ultra-cold temperatures.
  • The Utah National Guard is now coordinating with the state to help expand testing and contact tracing related to Utah’s new COVID-19 emergency order.
  • The VA is seeing a record high number of COVID-19 cases, with 6,454 active cases as of Tuesday.
    • As military infections near 59,000, a ninth US service member has died from COVID-19.
  • As part of OWS, the San Antonio Military Health System is seeking volunteers among its beneficiaries to take part in its COVID-19 vaccine trial.
  • On Thursday, the USFK announced that 10 more service members have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of USFK-related cases to 288.
  • The Army is adapting its infrared sensor technology to help stop the spread of COVID-19 at some military bases and government agencies.
  • Last week, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command selected Fitbit as part of a $2.5 million contract to develop wearable technology that can assist in early detection of COVID-19.
  • The Army is distributing 1.6 million flu vaccines to soldiers, their families, and retirees as part of its fight against COVID-19.
  • This weekend’s Air Force/Army football game has been canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • DARPA is looking for new ways to detect COVID-19 and put out a call on Tuesday for technology that can detect COVID-19 in the air.
  • The commissary at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor was shut down Tuesday after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Tinker Air Force Base declared a health emergency on Thursday and has implemented mandatory mask use on base as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the Oklahoma City area.
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