According to a top Ohio health official, there are over 100,000 people in the state already infected with the coronavirus. This certainly does not match up with the testing that as been done, though.
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, alongside Governor Mike DeWine, spoke at a press conference on Thursday. She said that with how the virus is spreading, she believes that at least 1 percent of Ohio's population has the virus....which settles around 100,000 people.
"We know now, just the fact of community spread, says that at least 1 percent, at the very least, 1 percent of our population is carrying this virus in Ohio today," Acton said. "We have 11.7 million people. So the math is over 100,000. So that just gives you a sense of how this virus spreads and is spreading quickly."
She did add that with the slowness of testing, there are no verified numbers. So it seems odd that she would announce that a hundred thousand people have it...
"Our delay in being able to test has delayed our understanding of the spread of this," Acton added.
The Hill reports:
The Trump administration has come under intense criticism for the slow rollout of tests. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top National Institutes of Health official, acknowledged earlier Thursday it is "a failing" that people cannot easily get tested for coronavirus in the United States.
Not everyone with the virus has symptoms, and about 80 percent of people with the virus do not end up needing hospitalization, experts say. However, the virus can be deadly especially for older people and those with underlying health conditions.
The possible numbers in Ohio are a stark illustration of how many cases could be in other states as well, but have not been revealed given the lack of widespread testing.
I think people are overreacting. It's a cold, folks. If people have it and don't even know because the symptoms aren't bad....then why is the whole country shutting down??
Vice President Pence, who is overseeing the administration's coronavirus response, said earlier Thursday that the U.S. can expect "thousands of more cases."
The state currently has just five confirmed positive cases, and 30 negative tests. Acton said Thursday that it appears that the number of cases of the virus doubles every six days.
Schools in Ohio are closed starting Monday, until April 6.
"This will be the thing this generation remembers," Acton concluded.
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