By Roger Straw, Friday, February 18, 2022
Solano County reported 315 new COVID infections, 1 hospitalization and 1 death. Solano County and Benicia case rates falling, but COVID is still dangerous and deadly!
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Friday, February 18, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported 1 new death in today’s report, a White resident 65+ years of age. Trending: Thirteen new deaths reported so far in February, all over 65 years of age. The County has seen increasing COVID-related deaths each month since last November, rising to 30 in January. (Compare with last winter: 24 deaths in January 2021, 42 in February and 33 in March.) A total of 394 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
CASES BY AGE GROUP: The color-coded chart (below) shows a record over time. It shows an alarming steady increase among youth and children in Solano County. The chart displays quarterly and recent snapshots in time by age group, each as a percentage of total cases since the outbreak began. Increases are in red and decreases are in green as reported by Solano County. Note the continuing increase among children & youth of Solano County. The population of those age 0-17 in Solano County is roughly 22%.COMPARE – U.S. cases among children and youth aged 0-17 as percentage of total cases is 17.6% as of today. (From the CDC covid-data-tracker.)
COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATES for Solano County can’t be calculated today due to no County report on last Friday the 11th (no way to measure our previous 7 days). The 7-day rate in Solano has been falling lately, but so far has remained in a HIGH transmission rate, and is likely still far above our rates of around 500 at Christmastime. 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’s 1,153 ACTIVE cases today is down from 1,220 at last report, our lowest since December 27, but still way up from the County’s 329 active cases on last December 1.
- BENICIA added 7 new cases today, a total of 2,981 cases since the outbreak began. 7-DAY TRANSMISSION RATES for Benicia can’t be calculated today due to no County report on last Friday the 11th. The 7-day rate in Benicia has been falling lately, but so far has remained in the CDC’s HIGH transmission rate. For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)
BENICIA MASKS: >> At Tuesday’s Benicia City Council meeting, (Feb. 15), Council members voted to lift the citywide face mask mandate. Details:
- Benicia City Council fails to continue science-based COVID protections, lifts mask mandate
- VIDEO: Benicia City Council deliberates, hears public comment, and votes to lift mask mandate
Note above that Solano County is currently also experiencing a lower but still very HIGH transmission rate.
- Dixon added 12 new cases today, total of 4,099 cases.
- Fairfield added 105 new cases today, total of 20,804 cases.
- Rio Vista added 2 new cases today, total of 1,054 cases.
- Suisun City added 19 new cases today, total of 5,481 cases.
- Vacaville added 59 new cases today, a total of 19,096 cases.
- Vallejo added 111 new cases today, a total of 24,515 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 188 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and has continued through today’s very high 13%, but down from last report’s 15% and falling steadily from a high of 36% on Jan. 19. SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate remained steady today at 4.2%. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] AND the U.S. 7-day % positive rate fell today from 9.34% to 7.8%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT hospitalizations fell today from 62 to 50 persons. Currently hospitalized persons in Solano peaked higher than ever before on Jan 22, at 207 persons in hospital. (The County’s previous high was 176 on Jan 7, 2021.)
TOTAL hospitalizations – Solano Public Health added 1 hospitalized person in its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today, a White resident age 65+. (Hospitalization by race data is often not reported.) Our total since the beginning of the outbreak is now 3,693 Solano residents hospitalized.
ICU Bed Availability in Solano County rose today from 16% to 22% available, but still in the Yellow danger zone.
Ventilator Availability rose today from 57% to 63% available.
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 around 4 or 5pm. 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.