Ohio health official estimates 100,000 people in the state have coronavirus

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 13th, 2020 9:52 am

A top health official in Ohio said on Thursday that she estimates roughly more than 100,000 people in the state have coronavirus.

"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," said Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton. "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."

A delayed testing rollout means Ohio has not been able to verify how many cases are actually in the state.

"Our delay in being able to test has delayed our understanding of the spread of this," Acton said.

Ohio currently have five confirmed positive cases.

Experts say that not everyone with the virus has symptoms and that about 80 percent of people with coronavirus do not need hospitalization.

Acton urged people who are not seriously ill to stay home, in order to free space in hospitals.

"This will be the thing this generation remembers," she said.


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