COVID spread has slowed some, but it’s still spreading and dangerous in Solano County – stay safe!
Wednesday, February 24: 43 new Solano cases overnight, 4 new deaths. Since February 2020: 29,925 cases, over 875 hospitalized, 164 deaths.Compare previous report, Tuesday, February 23Summary
- CASES – Solano County reported 43 new cases overnight, a total of 29,925 cases since the outbreak started.
- DEATHS – the County reported 4 new deaths today, all seniors over 65. A total of 164 Solano residents have died with COVID since the pandemic began. 42 COVID deaths were reported here in Solano County just since February 1. COMPARE: In the month of January, Solano recorded a total of 24 coronavirus deaths. Combining the two months to date, a total of 66 deaths, or 40% of Solano’s 164 COVID deaths occurred since January 1! While many other COVID stats are improving, the recent surge in deaths is no doubt the final sad result of our holiday surge. And we may see another surge in cases and deaths following the Super Bowl.
- ACTIVE cases – Solano reported 5 fewer active cases over the weekend, a total of 318 active cases. Compare: Solano’s average number of Active Cases during October was 284, average in November was 650, in December 1,658, in January 2,185 – and TODAY we are at 318. Much better, but still, is the County equipped to contact trace all these infected persons? My guess is we just sit back and wait for a voluntary 10 day quarantine to expire. Who knows? To my knowledge, Solano has offered no reports on contact tracing.
- HOSPITALIZATIONS – (See expanding ICU capacity and ventilator availability below.) Today, Solano reported 3 more currently hospitalized cases, total of 45. However, the County also reported no new hospitalizations among the age groups, a total of 878 hospitalized in all age groups since the pandemic began. Accuracy of the County’s hospitalization numbers cannot be certain. [For the numbers used in my manual calculation of total hospitalizations, see age group stats below. For COVID19-CA.GOV numbers, see BenIndy page, COVID-19 Hospitalizations Daily Update for Solano County.]
- ICU BEDS – In late January, Solano hospitals expanded their ICU capacity [see BenIndy, Jan. 25] Even with the expanded ICU capacity, Solano County has fallen back into the YELLOW DANGER ZONE at 29% available down slightly from yesterday’s 31%. The State’s COVID19-CA.GOV reports that Solano County had 18 available ICU beds yesterday, February 23. (For COVID19-CA.GOV info see BenIndy page, COVID-19 Hospitalizations Daily Update for Solano County, and for REGIONAL data see COVID-19 ICU Bed Availability by REGION.)
- VENTILATORS available – Today Solano hospitals have 58% of ventilators available, up from yesterday’s 56%, and down substantially from last summer’s reports of 82-94% available.
Positive Test Rate: Supposedly only 6.2% – no clarification as to yesterday’s sudden drop by over half!
Solano County reported yesterday that our 7-day average positive test was cut by more than half overnight, down to 5.9% from 12.4% on Monday. Today the County stayed in the same range, increasing to 6.2%. It seems totally unlikely for a 7-day average to drop so precipitously overnight. If it can be believed, Solano has come in under the State’s purple/red tier threshold of 8%. Even so, DON’T EXPECT A QUICK MOVE DOWN TO THE RED TIER: the State requires a county to meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier (in test rate measures AND case rate measures) for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier. The much lower and more stable California 7-day average test rate was at 3.1% today, up slightly from 3.0% yesterday. (Note that Solano County displays past weeks and months in a 7-day test positivity line graph which also shows daily results. However, the chart does not display an accurate number of cases for the most recent days, as there is a lag time in receiving test results. The 7-day curve therefore also lags behind due to unknown recent test results.)
- Youth 17 and under – only 1 new case overnight, total of 3,497 cases, representing 11.7% of the 29,925 total cases. No new hospitalizations were reported today among this age group, total of 18 since the outbreak began. Thankfully, no deaths have ever been reported in Solano County in this age group. But cases among Solano youth rose steadily over the summer, from 5.6% of total cases on June 8 to 11% on August 31 and has remained at over 11% since September 30. Youth are 22% of Solano’s general population, so this 11% may seem low. The significance is this: youth are SERIOUSLY NOT IMMUNE (!) – in fact at least 18 of our youth have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 25 new cases overnight, total of 16,503 cases. This age group is 41% of the population in Solano, but represents 55.2% of the total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported no new hospitalizations among persons in this age group today. A total of 245 are reported to have been hospitalized since the outbreak began. Solano recorded no new deaths in this young group today, total of 10 deaths. Some in this group are surely at high risk, as many are providing essential services among us, and some may be ignoring public health orders. I expect this group is a major factor in the spread of the virus.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 11 new cases overnight, total of 6,253 cases. This age group represents 20.9% of the 29,925 total cases. The County reported no new hospitalizations among persons in this age group today, a total of 234 reported to have been hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths were reported in this age group today, a total of 26 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – 6 new cases overnight, total of 3,661, representing 12.2% of Solano’s 29,925 total cases. The County reported no new hospitalizations among persons in this age group today, a total of 381 hospitalized since the outbreak began. 4 new deaths were reported in this age group today. A total of 128 of our elders have died of COVID, accounting for 78% of Solano’s 164 total deaths.
- Benicia added 2 new cases overnight, total of 847 cases since the outbreak began.
- Dixon added 2 new cases overnight, total of 1,751 cases.
- Fairfield added 8 new cases overnight, total of 8,135 cases.
- Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 320 cases.
- Suisun City added 6 new cases overnight, total of 2,021 cases.
- Vacaville added 7 new cases overnight, total of 7,881 cases.
- Vallejo added 17 new cases overnight, total of 8,873 cases.
- Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 87 cases.
Race / Ethnicity
The County report on race / ethnicity includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate significantly worse outcomes among black and brown Americans. Note that all of this data surely undercounts Latinx Americans, as there is a large group of “Multirace / Others” which likely is composed mostly of Latinx members of our communities.
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 12% of cases, 12% of hospitalizations, and 18% of deaths.
- Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 11% of cases, but 17% of hospitalizations, and 19% of deaths.
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 16% of cases, 21% of hospitalizations, and 12% of deaths.
- Multi-race / Others are 7% of Solano’s population, but account for 33% of cases, 19% of hospitalizations, and 16% of deaths.
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 28% of cases, 31% of hospitalizations and 34% of deaths.
The County’s 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 significant portions. For more, check out the Dashboard at https://doitgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=055f81e9fe154da5860257e3f2489d67.