By Roger Straw, Thursday, May 12, 2022
Solano County reports 502 new COVID infections and 25 new hospitalizations. (Tap here for hospitalizations.) Benicia and Solano 7-day transmission rates continue very HIGH.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Thursday, May 12, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths in today’s report. Solano has reported 5 deaths so far in May. COMPARE: COVID deaths reported in Solano County this year: 30 in January, 15 in February, 17 in March, 7 in April. A total of 425 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
The U.S. is nearing one million COVID deaths:
TRANSMISSION RATE: With today’s report, Solano continues to experience an extremely HIGH rate of transmission, with 971 new cases in the last 7 days, up from 731 at last report and more than DOUBLE the CDC formula for HIGH transmission. 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. Below 225 cases in 7 days shows MODERATE community transmission. Numbers between 225 and 450 are considered SUBSTANTIAL transmission.
ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 1,164 ACTIVE cases today, up from 829 at last report and nearly 5 times the 244 active cases reported a month ago (April 11).
- BENICIA added 14 new cases today, a total of 3,324 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia has reported 47 new cases in the last 7 days, (see below). For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. 14 to 27 cases is considered SUBSTANTIAL. Below 14 is rated MODERATE.
- Dixon added 19 new cases today, total of 4,440 cases.
- Fairfield added 110 new cases today, total of 23,370 cases.
- Rio Vista added 7 new cases today, total of 1,219 cases.
- Suisun City added 31 new cases today, total of 6,140 cases.
- Vacaville added 195 new cases today, a total of 22,302 cases. Vacaville has 23% of Solano’s population, but reported 39% of today’s new cases. Outbreak in Vacaville?
- Vallejo added 125 new cases today, a total of 26,381 cases.
- Unincorporated added 1 new case today, a total of 202 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE was 17% today, up from 14% at last report.
>> Solano Public Health announced that beginning on May 16, it will no longer report numbers of residents tested and the County’s 7-day positive test rate. >>With so many home-tests, I agree that these numbers are no longer reliable, BUT they do give the public helpful information when compared to similar numbers for the state and nation. COMPARE: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was 22.7% today, up dramatically from 8.9% at last report (May 6). [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]. The U.S. 7-day % positive rate was 9.7%. today, up from 9.6% at last report. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID was 12 persons, down from 19 at last report. Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though. Only from the increase in total hospitalizations by age and race (below) can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.
TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s recent and total hospitalizations must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity. Solano updated its Age and Race charts today, adding 25 previously unreported hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 4,444. Note below that over half of these new hospitalizations are age 65+, a group that is only 17% of total Solano population. TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, 644 in March, and 53 in April, and 44 so far in May. (NOTE: The County occasionally updates age/race hospitalization data long after the fact, which probably accounts for the huge increase reported in March.)
ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported that the number of available hospital beds dropped today, from 45% at last report to only 40% today, still within the County’s GREEN safe zone.
Ventilator Availability in Solano County remained unchanged today at 77% available, in the County’s 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 (as of 3/14/2022) is updated Monday and Thursday 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.