Fourth service member killed by COVID-19

Fourth service member killed by COVID-19
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A fourth U.S. service member has died from the coronavirus, the first such case since May, according to the Pentagon.

Data published Monday by the Department of Defense (DOD) listed the death of the individual, who was in the Army Reserve, but no other information.

The service later told The Hill that Spc. Curtis Fort, 61, of Roanoke, passed away on Thursday, July 30, from complications related to COVID-19. He was a radio and communications security repairer that had been assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-319th Cadet Summer Training Battalion in Salem, Va., according to Army Reserve spokesperson Lt. Col. Simon Flake.

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The Pentagon on Friday last updated its COVID-19 data, which includes confirmed cases of the disease, hospitalizations, recoveries, and deaths of DOD personnel, contractors and family members.

There have now been 68 coronavirus-related deaths within the DOD community, including 43 civilians, 14 contractors and seven dependents, according to the Pentagon data.

The last service member to die of complications related to COVID-19 was 34-year-old Army reservist Sgt. Simon Zamudio, who was not on active orders at the time of his death.

Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, a New Jersey National Guardsman, became the first service member to die of the illness in March. That was followed by the April death of Navy Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., a 41-year-old aviation ordnanceman and one of the more than 1,000 sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt who contracted the virus.

In total, the Pentagon has reported 41,361 coronavirus cases as of Monday. 

Updated August 5, 12:37 p.m.