Solano County COVID-19 – Three deaths over the weekend, 144 new cases, new data on percent positive test rates

Monday, July 13: 144 new cases over the weekend, 3 new deaths.  Since the outbreak started: 2,219 cases, 31 deaths.

Compare previous report, Friday July 10:Summary

  • Solano County reported 144 new cases today, total of 2,219 cases since the outbreak started.  Over the last 7 days, Solano reported 479 new cases, an average of 68 per day.
  • 3 new deaths today, total of 31.
  • Hospitalizations – Solano is reporting 7 more currently hospitalized persons over the weekend, for a total of 47.  The County briefly posted the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started  at 118, up 3 since Friday, but a revised dashboard no longer displays this data.
  • Active cases Solano reported 134 fewer (!) ACTIVE cases today, total of 301.  This sudden drop is a turnaround.  The number of Active Cases has been climbing steadily: two weeks ago there were 70 active cases, increasing to a Friday’s record high of 435.  I’m curious how the County explains this drop by almost a third?  Note that only 40 of these 301 active cases are hospitalized; a whole lot of infected people are out among us, hopefully quarantined.  One wonders… is the County equipped to contact trace so many infected persons?
  • ICU beds Available decreased by 6% to 33%.  Ventilators Available remained steady at 86%.
  • Testing – A huge number, 3,054 residents were tested over the weekend, total of 38,894.  But we still have a long way to go: only 8.6% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.

Percent Positive Test Rate

For the first time, Solano County is reporting our 7-day percent positive test rate, at 5.3%.  The dashboard also shows a line graph charting the positive test rate over time (above).  Increasingly, health officials and news reports are focusing on percent positive test rates.  Five Bay Area counties report daily on their seven-day average percent positive test rate, but Solano County has not until today.  This information is immediately important, as test positivity is one of the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus.  Positive test rates in California and other southwestern states have been on the rise.  LA Times: “California’s positivity rate  today is reported at 8.3%.”  SF Chronicle: “The rate of positive coronavirus tests statewide has increased to 7.4%, a 21% increase over the just past two weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference Monday. For several months, the rate held steady around 4.9%, but has spiked in the past month.”

 

By Age Group

 

  • Youth 17 and under – 8 new cases today, total of 210 cases, and no new hospitalizations, total only 2 since the outbreak beganTwo weeks ago, there were only 88 cases among this age group – we’ve seen 122 new cases in just 14 days!  I continue to raise an alarm for Solano’s youth.  Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to over 9% of the 2,219 total confirmed cases.
  • Persons 18-49 years of age – 93 new cases today, total of 1,337 cases.  This age group represents 60% of the 2,219 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups.  The County reported no new hospitalizations and no new deaths among this age group today, total of 29 hospitalized since the outbreak began, and 2 deaths.
  • Persons 50-64 years of age – 27 new cases today, total of 429 cases.  This age group represents over 19% of the 2,219 total casesNo new hospitalizations today, total of 37 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
  • Persons 65 years or older – 16 new cases today, total of 242 cases.  This age group represents 11% of the 2,219 total cases.
    3 new hospitalizations, total of 46 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  3 new deaths, total of 26 deaths.  In this older age group, 19% of cases required hospitalization at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups And this group accounts for 26 of the 31 deaths, or 84%.

Incidence Rate: Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths

On the Age Group chart (and also on the Race/Ethnicity chart) there are “Rate” tabs.  Today’s report shows:

    • Solano County has 494 positive cases per population of 100,000, up from 462 on Friday (Compare this number with the City incidence rates, below.)
    • 25 Solano hospitalizations per population of 100,000, unchanged since last report.
    • 7 Solano deaths per population of 100,000, up from 6 on Friday.

City Data

  • Vallejo added 41 new cases today, total of 747.
  • Fairfield added 45 new cases today, total of 765.  Fairfield has seen 276 new cases over the last week, and now has more positive cases than anywhere in Solano County.
  • Vacaville added 34 new cases today, total of 354 cases.
  • Suisun City added 18 new cases today, total of 160 cases.
  • Benicia added 1 new case today, total of 41 cases.  Benicia was extremely stable with only 2 new cases for the entire month of June.  Now Benicia has seen 14 new cases in 14 days.  The numbers are small in comparison to other Solano cities, but something’s definitely going on in Benicia!
  • Dixon added 4 new cases today, total of 122 cases.  Dixon has also moved from stable to increasing over this last week.
  • Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 22 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas – Although the County still still shows Unincorporated at <10 (less than 10), a little math tells the story: Solano’s unincorporated areas remained steady at 8 cases, those unaccounted for in the other City totals.
  • A “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city.  Benicia has the lowest rate, 145 cases per 100,000.  Compare Solano cities’ incidence rates in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 811 per 100,000 (climbing fast this past week, and up from 750 Friday).

Race / Ethnicity

The County report on race / ethnicity data includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics.  There are also tabs showing a calculated rate per 100,000 by race/ethnicity for each of these boxes.  This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans.  As of today:

  • White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 22% of cases, 22% of hospitalizations and 21% of deaths.
  • Black Americans are 13% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 27% of hospitalizations, and 32% of deaths.
  • Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 35% of cases, 28% of hospitalizations, and 25% of deaths.
  • Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 10% of cases and 14% of hospitalizations, but 18% of deaths.

Much more…

The County’s new and improved Coronavirus Dashboard is full of much more information, too extensive to cover here on a daily basis.  The Benicia Independent will continue to summarize daily and highlight a report or two.  Check out the Dashboard at https://doitgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=055f81e9fe154da5860257e3f2489d67.

Newsom orders all California counties to close indoor restaurants, shut down bars

[BenIndy editor: See also video of Newsom’s press conference on ABC7.  – R.S.]
San Francisco Chronicle, by Dustin Gardiner, July 13, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom at a coronavirus-related briefing in Pittsburg on July 1.
Gov. Gavin Newsom at a coronavirus-related briefing in Pittsburg on July 1. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered every county in California to close indoor restaurants, movie theaters and wineries Monday as the state combats a surge in coronavirus cases.

He also ordered bars to cease all operations, indoor and outdoor, throughout the state.

Newsom had previously directed 30 counties on the state’s “watch list” due to surging outbreaks to close business operations in those sectors. But Newsom said the order will now extend to all 58 California counties.

Newsom’s statewide closure order applies to a host of other indoor spaces: zoos, museums, cardrooms and family entertainment centers. Those establishments are still allowed to operate outdoors in most counties, including restaurant patios.

In addition, Newsom ordered the 30 counties on the state watch list to close gyms, churches, offices for non-critical work sectors, shopping malls and barbershops and hair salons.

More than 80% percent of California’s population lives in those 30 counties. In the Bay Area, the list includes Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

The governor said the order comes as hospitalizations and new cases continue to surge, and some rural counties, such as Placer and Lake counties, are nearing bed capacity in hospital intensive care units.

“This virus is not going away any time soon,” he said. “It’s incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID -19 is not going away any time soon, until there is a vaccine and/or an effective therapy.”

How long will it take for Solano County to report COVID positive test rates?

UPDATE on Monday July 13 – Well, maybe it was a coincidence, or maybe this Alert worked!  As of this evening, the County is now – finally – reporting percent positive test rates on its daily COVID-19 dashboard.  See today’s BenIndy report for details. – Roger Straw

Percent Positive Test Rates – 17 days and counting

By Roger Straw, July 12, 2020

Increasingly, national, state and county news reports are focusing on percent positive test rates.  Five Bay Area counties report daily on their seven-day average percent positive test rate, but Solano County does not.

This information is immediately important, as positive test rates in California and other southwestern states are increasing.

Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County Health Officer

I wrote to Solano County Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas on June 24 asking for information as to Solano County’s “percent positive test rate.”  He replied next day with thanks and wrote, “We are actively working to include these values on our County dashboard.  I hope we can begin to report on them sometime next week.”

That was 17 DAYS AGO.  I wrote again on June 29 thanking him and asking for the information as a “seven-day moving average.”  After two weeks had passed and hearing nothing, I wrote again on July 9 to remind him, with no response to date.

A reader wrote to me today, asking me to renew this request daily here on the Benicia Independent, as the information is so incredibly important, and the public needs to know.

I think that might be a good idea!

Dr. Matyas:    It has been 17 DAYS… and we are still waiting.  Hopefully tomorrow?

Dr. Matyas can be reached at the Solano County Public Health Administration
Solano Public Health Administration
275 Beck Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533
Main Line: (707) 784-8600
Fax: (707) 421-6618
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Solano County Supervisors:

District 1 covers, essentially, the part of Vallejo that lies between Georgia Street and the Napa County line. It also includes the Napa marshes to the west and Hiddenbrooke. Map.

Supervisor Erin Hannigan

Phone: (707) 553-5363
Fax: (707) 784-6665
ehannigan@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6352

Michael Wilson
District Representative for Supervisor Hannigan

Phone: (707) 553-5363
Fax: (707) 784-6665
mlwilson@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6352

Josette Lacey
District Representative for Supervisor Hannigan

Phone: (707) 553-5363
Fax: (707) 784-6665
jmlacey@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6352

 


District 2 includes Benicia, approximately half of Vallejo (area south of Tennessee Street to Oakwood Street and south of Georgia Street as well as the waterfront including Mare Island), the Cordelia and Green Valley area of Fairfield, almost all of the Suisun Marsh and the unincorporated areas of Green Valley and Home Acres. Map.

Supervisor Monica Brown

Phone: (707) 784-3031
Fax: (707) 784-6665
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6352
MEBrown@solanocounty.com

Liat Meitzenheimer
District Representative 
for Supervisor Brown

Phone: (707) 784-3004
Fax: (707) 784-6665
lfmeitzenheimer@solanocounty.com 
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6352

Stephen Hallett
District Representative for Supervisor Brown
Phone: (707) 784-2974
Fax: (707) 784-6665
SLHallett@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6352


District 3 , area west of I-680 and Green Valley (not Old Town Cordelia which is in District 2), includes most of Fairfield, about half of Suisun City, all of Tolenas and Suisun Valley, and Travis Air Force Base south of Travis Avenue. I-80 and Air Base Parkway form the major divider through Fairfield, with the northeast part of Fairfield in District 5. Suisun City south of Prosperity Lane and east of Emperor Drive is in District 5. Map

Supervisor Jim Spering

Phone: (707) 784-6136
Fax: (707) 784-6665
jpspering@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6352

Catherine M. Cook
District Representative 
for Supervisor Spering

Phone: (707) 784-6418
Fax: (707) 784-6665
cmcook@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342

Dee Dee Barrett
District Representative 
for Supervisor Spering

Phone: (707) 784-3006
Fax: (707) 784-6665
dmbarrett@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342


District 4 includes Vacaville west of Peabody Road up to Marshall Drive, north of Marshall Drive to Nut Tree Road and then west of Interstate 80 to the Yolo County line, Dixon and the unincorporated area north of Midway to the Yolo County line. Map.

Supervisor John Vasquez

Phone: (707) 784-6129
Fax: (707) 784-6665
jmvasquez@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342

Jennifer Hamilton
District Representative for Supervisor Vasquez
Phone: (707) 784-3034 and (707) 784-6128
jlhamilton@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342

Ryan Chalk
District Representative for Supervisor Vasquez
Phone: (707) 784-3034 and (707) 784-6128
rlchalk@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342



District 5 
, includes the eastern section of Suisun City, south of Prosperity Lane and east of Emperor Drive to Highway 12, including Pintail Drive; the eastern part of Vacaville, including most of the 95687 area east of Peabody Road, south of Marshall Drive and east of Nut Tree Road to Interstate 80; north of Air Base Parkway in Fairfield; and south of Midway Road to include Rio Vista and the Elmira area. Map.

Supervisor Skip Thomson
Phone: 
(707) 784-6130
Fax: (707) 784-6665
sthomson@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342

Alexandra Winston
District Representative 
for Supervisor Thomson
Phone: (707) 784-6131
Fax: (707) 784-6665
AWinston@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342

Judi Booe
District Representative 
for Supervisor Thomson
Phone: (707) 784-6131
Fax: (707) 784-6665
jsbooe@solanocounty.com
675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
Fairfield, CA 94533-6342

Solano County now over 2000 coronavirus cases, reports 1 new death


Friday, July 10: 90 new cases today,
1 new death. Since the outbreak started: 2,075 cases, 111 hospitalized, 28 deaths.

Compare previous report, Thursday July 9:Summary

  • Solano County reported 90 new cases today, total of 2,075 cases since the outbreak started.  Over the last 7 days, Solano reported 599 new cases, an average of 85 per day.
  • 1 new death today, total of 28, someone over 65 years.
  • Hospitalizations – Solano is reporting 1 more currently hospitalized person since yesterday, for a total of 40, and 3 additional hospitalizations, total of 111 persons in the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started.
  • Active cases (“The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Solano County residents who are still within 10 days of when their specimens were collected.”)Solano reported 39 more ACTIVE cases today, total of 435.  This figure has been climbing steadily: a week ago Monday there were 70 active cases, increasing to a yesterday’s high of 409 and today’s new record of 435.  Only 40 of those active cases are hospitalized; a whole lot of infected people are out among us, hopefully quarantined.  And I have to ask, is the County equipped to contact trace all of these?
  • ICU beds Available increased by 2% to 39%.  Ventilators Available increased by 4% to 86%.
  • Testing – only 160 residents were tested since yesterday, total of 35,840.  We still have a long way to go: only 8% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.

By Age Group

  • Youth 17 and under – 10 new cases today, total of 202 cases, and no new hospitalizations, total only 2 since the outbreak beganTwo weeks ago, there were only 88 cases among this age group – we’ve seen 114 new cases in just 14 days!  I continue to raise an alarm for Solano’s youth.  Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to nearly 10% of the 2,075 total confirmed cases.
  • Persons 18-49 years of age – 56 new cases today, total of 1,244 cases.  This age group represents 60% of the 2,075 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups.  The County reported 1 new hospitalization among this age group today, total of 29 hospitalized since the outbreak began, and 2 deaths.
  • Persons 50-64 years of age – 21 new cases today, total of 402 cases.  This age group represents 19% of the 2,075 total cases.
    1 new hospitalization today, total of 37 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
  • Persons 65 years or older – 3 new cases today, total of 226 cases.  This age group represents 10% of the 2,075 total cases.
    1 new hospitalization, total of 43 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  1 new death, total of 23 deaths.  In this older age group, 19% of cases required hospitalization at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups And this group accounts for 23 of the 28 deaths, or 82%.

Incidence Rate: Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths

On the Age Group chart (and also on the Race/Ethnicity chart) there are “Rate” tabs.  Today’s report shows Solano County with:

    • Solano County has 462 positive cases per population of 100,000, up from 442 yesterday (Compare this number with the City incidence rates, below.)
    • 25 Solano hospitalizations per population of 100,000, up from 24/100k yesterday.
    • 6 Solano deaths per population of 100,000, same as yesterday.

Percent Positive Test Rates

Increasingly, national, state and county news reports are focusing on percent positive test rates.  Five Bay Area counties report daily on their seven-day average percent positive test rate, but Solano County does not.  This information is immediately important, as positive test rates in California and other southwestern states are increasing.  I wrote and asked Dr. Matyas on June 24 to supply information as to Solano County’s “percent positive test rate.”  He replied next day with thanks and wrote, “We are actively working to include these values on our County dashboard.  I hope we can begin to report on them sometime next week.”  That was nearly 2 weeks ago… (and I wrote to him again yesterday, will keep you posted).

City Data

  • Vallejo added 29 new cases today, total of 706.
  • Fairfield added 35 new cases today, total of 720.  Fairfield has seen over 200 new cases over the last week, and now has more positive cases than anywhere in Solano County.
  • Vacaville added 12 new cases today, total of 320 cases.
  • Suisun City added 12 new cases today, total of 142 cases.
  • Benicia remained steady today, total of 40 cases.  Benicia was extremely stable with only 2 new cases for the entire month of June.  Now Benicia has seen 13 new cases in 10 days.  The numbers are small in comparison to other Solano cities, but something’s definitely going on in Benicia!
  • Dixon added 2 new case today, total of 118 cases.  Dixon has also moved from stable to increasing over this last week.
  • Rio Vista remained steady today, total of 21 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas – Although the County still still shows Unincorporated at <10 (less than 10), a little math tells the story: Solano’s unincorporated areas remained steady at 8 cases, those unaccounted for in the other City totals.
  • A “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city.  Benicia has the lowest rate, 145.1 cases per 100,000.  Compare Solano cities’ incidence rates in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 750 per 100,000 (climbing fast this past week, and up from 732 yesterday).

Race / Ethnicity

The County report on race / ethnicity data includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics.  There are also tabs showing a calculated rate per 100,000 by race/ethnicity for each of these boxes.  This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans.  As of today:

  • White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 23% of cases, 21% of hospitalizations and 19% of deaths.
  • Black Americans are 13% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 28% of hospitalizations, and 35% of deaths.
  • Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 36% of cases, 28% of hospitalizations, and 23% of deaths.
  • Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 10% of cases and 14% of hospitalizations, but 19% of deaths.

Much more…

The County’s new and improved Coronavirus Dashboard is full of much more information, too extensive to cover here on a daily basis.  The Benicia Independent will continue to summarize daily and highlight a report or two.  Check out the Dashboard at https://doitgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=055f81e9fe154da5860257e3f2489d67.

For safe and healthy communities…