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Third US military service member dies from coronavirus

Sgt. Simon Zamudio passed away on May 22, 2020 from Covid-19, coronavirus complications. (U.S. Army photo/Released)
May 28, 2020

The U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) has identified a reservist who passed away following Covid-19 coronavirus related health complications.

“Sgt. Simon Zamudio passed away on May 22 from complications related to COVID-19,” Army Reserve spokesman Lt. Col. Simon B. Flake said in a statement emailed to American Military News.

Zamudio, 34, passed away from on May 22, according to a funeral home obituary provided by Flake. He died while hospitalized at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.

Zamudio enlisted in the Army Reserve in October 2015. He was assigned to the 371st Theater Movement Control Element, based out of Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He made the rank of Sergeant in a promotion on April 1, 2020. His decorations included the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Department of Defense spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said on Tuesday that Zamudio was not on active duty orders when he passed.

Zamudio is survived by a wife and daughter and leaves behind four siblings, and nine nieces and nephews. His obituary states he was born in Phoenix, Ariz. and resided Carpentersville, Ill. prior to his passing.

A fundraising page for Zamudio’s family states he first enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 31B Military Police officer.

Thus far, three U.S. service members and 33 more civilian employees, Department of Defense contractors and dependents have died with Covid-19, according to the Pentagon’s latest data released Thursday morning.

There are 9,352 coronavirus cases in total, across the department, with 425 hospitalized and 5,216 recovered cases.

The military branches have recorded 6,221 coronavirus cases in total among service members, of which 172 have been hospitalized and 3,514 have recovered.

Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, 57, a physician’s assistant with the 104th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the New Jersey National Guard was the first U.S. service member to die with coronavirus on March 28.

Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, a U.S. Navy sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was the second service member to die with coronavirus on April 13.

Among civilian employees, there 1,458 coronavirus cases, of which 140 have been hospitalized and 799 have recovered. 19 civilian employees have passed away.

602 DoD contractors have recorded coronavirus cases, of which 63 have been hospitalized and 288 have recovered. Nine contractors have passed away.

1,071 dependents have recorded coronavirus cases, of which 50 have been hospitalized and 615 have recovered. Five dependents have passed away.

The U.S. military has been involved with government response efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic. According to DoD figures, more than 55,400 DoD personnel are currently involved in coronavirus relief efforts around the country as of Thursday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded 38 contracts for constructing makeshift field hospitals, known as Alternate Care Facilities (ACFs), of which they have completed 33.