By Roger Straw, Friday, March 4, 2022
Solano County reporting 138 new COVID infections in two days, 2 new deaths. Benicia’s 7-day case count remains in SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate, only 2 cases above MODERATE. Solano County falls into SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate for first time since December 22.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Friday, March 4, 2022:
NOTICE: Solano County Public Health will update its COVID Dashboard ONLY ON MONDAYS & THURSDAYS as of March 14, 2022
DEATHS: Solano reported two new deaths in today’s report, one age 50-64 and one age 65+. Trending: Fifteen new deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age. We can’t be sure this is a final number because the County often post-dates hospitalizations and deaths. Until February, the County saw increasing COVID-related deaths each month since last November, rising to 30 in January. A total of 398 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
TRANSMISSION RATE: Solano moved out of the HIGH transmission rate today, with a total of 419 new cases over the last 7 days, just into the SUBSTANTIAL range. Encouraging: this is down from 1,126 on Monday, and the County’s first placement in the CDC’s SUBSTANTIAL rate since December 22 of last year. Solano still has a long way to go to reach MODERATE transmission (225 over previous 7 days). CDC FORMULA: Based on Solano County’s population, 450 or more cases in 7 days places Solano in the CDC’s population-based definition of a HIGH transmission rate. We would need to drop below 225 cases in 7 days to rate as having only MODERATE community transmission.
ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 567 ACTIVE cases today, up from 544 at last report, and far above the County’s 329 active cases on December 1.
- BENICIA added 6 new cases today, a total of 3,024 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: **Benicia has seen only 16 new infections in the last 7 days, remaining in the CDC’s SUBSTANTIAL rate of transmission. Only two fewer cases will drop Benicia into the desired MODERATE rate of transmission. For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)
- Dixon added 5 new cases today, total of 4,153 cases.
- Fairfield added 40 new cases today, total of 21,281 cases.
- Rio Vista added 2 new cases today, total of 1,073 cases.
- Suisun City added 5 new cases today, total of 5,590 cases.
- Vacaville added 29 new cases today, a total of 19,455 cases.
- Vallejo added 51 new cases today, a total of 24,911 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 191 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and continued through last week’s very high 13%, but fell dramatically this week to only 7% today. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate fell today from 2.5% to only 2.1%. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] AND the U.S. 7-day % positive rate fell today from 4.1% to only 3.7%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT The number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 45 to 37 persons. Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, as it reflects both admissions and discharges. Only from the increase in total hospitalizations can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.
TOTAL hospitalizations over the course of the pandemic – Solano County’s total hospitalized must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity. Solano Public Health updated its Age Group chart today, adding one person age 65+. Our known total since the beginning of the outbreak is now 3,694 Solano residents hospitalized.
ICU Bed Availability in Solano County rose today from 27% to 39%, moving up into the County’s GREEN safe zone .
Ventilator Availability improved today from 71% to 73% available, solidly in the GREEN safe zone.
HOW DOES TODAY’S REPORT COMPARE? See recent reports and others going back to April 20, 2020 in my ARCHIVE of daily Solano COVID updates (an excel spreadsheet).
>The data on this page is from the Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard. The Dashboard is full of much more information and updated Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 4 and 6pm. On the County’s dashboard, you can hover a mouse or click on an item for more information. Note the tabs at top for “Summary, Demographics” and “Vaccines.” Click here to go to today’s Solano County Dashboard.
See also my BENINDY ARCHIVE of daily Solano COVID updates (an excel spreadsheet). I have also archived the hundreds of full CORONAVIRUS REPORTS posted here almost daily on the Benicia Independent since April 2020.