OVER 100,000 people are believe to be infected with the coronavirus in Ohio, according to the state's Department of Health.
Cases are set to double every six days, meaning that 1% of the population of the mid-western state could be infected with the virus.
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Dr Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, spoke at a press conference alongside state Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday.
She said: "We know now, just the fact of community spread says that at least 1%, at the very least 1% of our population is carrying this virus in Ohio today.
"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 "
Dr Acton added: "This is certainly an unprecedented time. It is this one in 50 years pandemic that we have been planning for that we talk a lot about in my over 30 years in public health.
"We have never seen a situation exactly like this."
There are currently five confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio, with three in Cuyahoga County, one in Stark County and the newest case in Trumbull County.
And there are 52 others under investigation after showing symptoms of the virus, currently awaiting test results.
The state's Department of Health are taking measures to slow the spread of the disease, including advising people to stay at home.
The Cleveland Clinic have said that they will increase testing capacity from 500 tests a day, to 1,000 tests a day by the end of the week.
And on Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine signed an order outlawing the gathering of 100 or more people in a single space.
But this will not apply to “typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories, or retail or grocery stores where large groups of people are present", according to the Governor.
The news comes as White House Task force expert Dr Anthony Fauci admitted testing failures occurred in the US because the government "didn't have what we needed."
Dr Anthony Fauci's bombshell comments came as the death toll on American soil surged to 41, with at least 1,654 cases in 46 states as of Friday, March 13.
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