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2 US Navy sailors die of COVID as cases spike nationwide

Posted On: Sep 26, 2021   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - Two Navy sailors have died due to complications from COVID-19, amid growing concerns about the deadly Delta variant.
A Navy reservist based in Idaho died Monday, and a doctor assigned to the Naval Medical Center at Camp Lejeune, N.C., died last Friday, bringing the total number of sailor COVID deaths to 10. The Navy identified the solders Wednesday as Master-at-Arms First Class Allen Hillman, 47, of Boise, and Capt. Corby Ropp, 48, of Camp Lejeune.
Their deaths are the first COVID-related ones in the Navy since April 29. They come as the number of active virus cases among sailors has jumped from fewer than 250 in early June to more than 800 now, according to Lt. Cdr. Patricia Kreuzberger, a spokeswoman for the Navy.
According to the Pentagon, the number of U.S. military deaths connected to the virus remains small - fewer than 30. There have been a total of almost 206,000 cases within the military as of July 21, the last date that numbers were available. Navy sailors account for more than...

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