COVID is still spreading and dangerous in Solano County – stay safe!
Friday, February 19: 76 new Solano cases overnight,
5 new deaths. Since February 2020: 29,766 cases, over 875 hospitalized, 161 deaths.Compare previous report, Thursday, February 18Summary
- CASES – Solano County reported 76 new cases overnight, a total of 29,766 cases since the outbreak started. In January, Solano added 8,495 new cases, for an average of 274 new cases per day. February 1 to 19, the County reported 1,575 new cases, an average of 83 per day.
- DEATHS – the County reported yet another 5 new deaths today, one person 50-64 years of age, and four of our elders 65+. A total of 161 Solano residents have died with COVID since the pandemic began. 39 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 63 deaths, or 39% of Solano’s 161 COVID deaths occurred just 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 63 fewer active cases overnight, a total of 471 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 471. 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 1 fewer currently hospitalized case, total of 68. However, the County also reported 1 new hospitalization among the 50-64 age group and 1 more among the 65+ age group, a total of 877 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 fell back into the YELLOW DANGER ZONE again today, reporting 21% available today, down significantly from yesterday’s 40%. The State’s COVID19-CA.GOV reports that Solano County had only 14 AVAILABLE ICU BEDS as of yesterday, February 18. (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 53% of ventilators available, down from yesterday’s 60%, and down substantially from last summer’s reports of 82-94% available.
Positive Test Rate: 12.4% – VIRUS STILL SPREADING, STAY SAFE!
Solano County reported our 7-day average positive test at 12.4%, same as yesterday and well over the State’s purple/red tier threshold of 8%. 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. Average percent positive test rates are among the best metrics for measuring community spread of the virus. COMPARE: The much lower and more stable California 7-day average test rate was 3.1% today, down slightly from yesterday’s 3.2%. (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 – 15 new cases overnight, total of 3,482 cases, representing 11.7% of the 29,766 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 – 36 new cases overnight, total of 16,421 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 – 12 new cases overnight, total of 6,213 cases. This age group represents 20.9% of the 29,766 total cases. The County reported 1 new hospitalization among persons in this age group today, a total of 234 reported to have been hospitalized since the outbreak began. 1 new death was reported in this age group today, a total of 26 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – 13 new cases overnight, total of 3,639, representing 12.2% of Solano’s 29,766 total cases. The County reported 1 new hospitalization among persons in this age group today, a total of 380 hospitalized since the outbreak began. 4 new deaths were reported in this age group today. A total of 125 of our elders have died of COVID, accounting for 78% of Solano’s 161 total deaths.
- Benicia added 1 new case overnight, total of 843 cases since the outbreak began.
- Dixon added 4 new cases overnight, total of 1,744 cases.
- Fairfield added 17 new cases overnight, total of 8,092 cases.
- Rio Vista remained steady today, total of 316 cases.
- Suisun City added 2 new case overnight, total of 2,005 cases.
- Vacaville added 19 new cases overnight, total of 7,846 cases.
- Vallejo added 33 new cases overnight, total of 8,833 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 19% 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 14% of cases, 21% of hospitalizations, and 12% of deaths.
- Multi-race / Others are 7% of Solano’s population, but account for 34% of cases, 19% of hospitalizations, and 15% of deaths.
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 29% of cases, 31% of hospitalizations and 35% 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.