January 10, 2022 SUMMARY: Solano County recorded 558 new infections over the weekend, 4 new COVID-related deaths and 2 previously undisclosed hospitalizations. Solano & Benicia continue in EXTREMELY HIGH rate of community transmission.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, January 10:
DEATHS: Solano reported 4 new deaths today, three age 50-64 and one 65+. Three of the four were identified by race: 1 Black, 1 White and 1 Multi-race. Trending: The County reported 27 COVID deaths in September, 18 in October, 14 in November, 22 in December, and 10 already in January (46 of us have died over 57 days since the uptick beginning on November 15). A total of 361 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
CASES BY AGE GROUP: The County reported 558 new COVID cases today. 88 of these 558 new cases (16%) were youth and children under 18. The majority, 323 cases (58%) were age 18-49. 101 cases (18%) were age 50-64, and 47 (8%) were 65+.
BELOW: color-coded chart shows CASES SINCE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN 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 since April of 2020. Note the steady increase among children and 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 15.9% as of today. (From the CDC covid-data-tracker.)
COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Solano has risen dramatically since December 27 into what I would call an EXTREMELY HIGH transmission rate, with a total of 1,829 new cases over the last 7 days, down from 2,500 at last report. 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 1,143 ACTIVE cases is down from the County’s last report of 2,554 active cases.
- Benicia added 26 new cases over the weekend, a total of 1,898 cases since the outbreak began. Benicia has seen 81 new infections in the last 7 days, and so remains in the CDC’s [EXTREMELY] HIGH rate of community transmission. (see chart below). Based on Benicia population, MODERATE is defined as less than 14 cases over the last 7 days, SUBSTANTIAL is 14-27 cases, and HIGH is 28 or more cases. Benicia will need to maintain fewer than 14 new cases-per-7-days for 30 consecutive days before relaxing its mask mandate. Note above that Solano County is currently also experiencing HIGH transmission.
- Dixon added 26 new cases today, total of 2,849 cases.
- Fairfield added 148 new cases today, total of 13,863 cases.
- Rio Vista reported 6 new cases today, total of 692 cases.
- Suisun City added 37 new cases today, total of 3,652 cases.
- Vacaville added 110 new cases today, a total of 13,622 cases.
- Vallejo added 205 new cases today, a total of 15,702 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 158 cases.
POSITIVE TEST RATE: Solano County’s Percent Positive Test Rates shot up after Christmas. But the test rate is tricky to follow. In today’s Solano COVID dashboard, our 7-day positivity numbers supposedly fell from 18% to 13% – but that number will almost undoubtedly be adjusted upward in coming days. A better understanding comes with the numbers in today’s 7-day % positive LINE GRAPH (blue below) which gets updated retroactively each day. I’ve created a table here to show the County’s adjustments in today’s line graph. The significance is that last Friday’s Jan. 7 report was totally misleading – and today’s report of 13% will turn out to be similarly unreliable. Today’s chart shows our largest spike in positive tests on January 3-4 rather than December 29-30. The County adjusts these numbers after-the-fact every day. Stay tuned.)
TOTAL hospitalizations – PLUS 2. Solano County’s TOTAL hospitalized over the course of the pandemic 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 hospitalizations charts just a bit today. Today’s age chart showed 2 previously unreported hospitalizations, both age 65+. One was Hispanic, the other not reported. Solano hospitals have now reported a total of over 3,283 COVID patients since the beginning of the outbreak.
ICU Bed Availability in Solano County fell from 38% at last report to 30%, back in the Yellow danger zone.
Ventilator Availability was up from 73% to 77%.
HOW DOES TODAY’S REPORT COMPARE? See recent reports and others going back to April 20, 2020 on 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.