Monday, June 29: 8 new cases today, 1 new death. Since the outbreak started: 1,126 cases, 103 hospitalized, 24 deaths.
- Solano County reported 8 new cases today, total of 1,126 cases since the outbreak started. Last week, Solano reported 258 new cases, an average of 37 per day.
- 1 new death today, total of 24, 13 more hospitalized, total of 38.
- Solano reported 80 fewer ACTIVE cases today, total 70. How can this be?? 8 new cases and 13 new hospitalizations, yet active cases are down by 80? Maybe County officials phoned around and asked how infected people are feeling, and a bunch of them reported feeling better? Sorry, I can’t explain this….
- Testing – Solano county reported 2,504 residents were tested over the weekend and today. Good progress!
Solano’s new Public Health Dashboard design has 2 tabs
The County’s new Public Health Dashboard design includes a second tab (panel), the “Details / Demographics” tab (shown here). Note that both tabs are user interactive – hover over a chart (or tap) to get details. On this Details/Demographics tab, most of the small charts have a small additional tab showing the rate per 100,000. Go there and explore the two tabs. (Expand a chart by clicking the small button in its upper right corner.)
SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE – MISLEADING!
The County has added a Seven day moving average chart of laboratory-confirmed cases. Maybe I’m just getting curmudgeonly, but I don’t see how this chart reflects reality. Unless you really study the detailed description of the chart, it would seem to show that Solano is in great shape! Far from it! Cases are up here. Masks and social distancing are still required and important! The chart is “The average of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Solano County residents over the past 7 calendar days, by the date that their specimens were collected,” whatever that means. Today’s chart shows a 7-day moving average of only 5 new cases per day, down from 28 yesterday. That just seems nuts to me.
- Youth 17 and under – good news: no new cases today, total of 88 cases, only one ever hospitalized. But notice: 14 days ago, there were only 40 cases among this age group – we’ve seen 48 new cases in two weeks! I continue to be alarmed for Solano’s youth. Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to nearly 8% of the 1,126 total confirmed cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the figure of coronavirus-infected kids younger than 18 at around 4% of those with the disease. Our youth are testing positive at almost double the national rate!
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 4 new cases today, total of 638 cases. This age group represents 57% of the 1,126 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported no new hospitalizations among this age group today, and no new deaths. Total of 27 hospitalized at one time and 2 deaths.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 2 new cases today, total of 233 cases. This age group represents 21% of the 1,126 total cases. 1 new hospitalization today, total of 35 hospitalized at one time. No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – 2 new cases today, total of 166 cases. This age group represents 15% of the 1,126 total cases. 1 new hospitalization and 1 new death today. Total of 40 hospitalized at one time and 19 deaths. In this older age group, 24% were hospitalized at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups. And this group counts for 19 of the 24 deaths, or 79%.
- Vallejo added 2 new cases today, total of 462.
- Fairfield added 3 new cases today, total of 363.
- Vacaville added 2 new cases today, total of 152 cases.
- Suisun City remained at 70 cases.
- Benicia remained at 25 cases.
- Dixon added 1 new case today, total of 39 cases.
- Rio Vista and “Unincorporated” are still not assigned numerical data: today both remain at <10 (less than 10). The total for “other” shows 15 cases somewhere among the 2 locations in this category (same as last reported). Residents and city officials have pressured County officials for city case counts. Today’s data is welcome, but remains incomplete for folks in Rio Vista and unincorporated areas of the County.
- A “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city. Benicia is leading the way here, with a rate of only 90.7 cases per 100,000. Compare with other Solano cities in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 534 per 100,000 (up from 494 Friday). Johns Hopkins lists the overall Solano County rate at 250 (up from 245 Friday).
RACE / ETHNICITY
The County report on race / ethnicity data includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. There are tabs showing a calculated rate per 100,000 by race/ethnicity for each of these boxes (second image above). This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans. As of today:
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 24% of cases, 22% of hospitalizations and 22% of deaths. (Note these numbers are all down from 25%, 23% and 23%.)
- Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 28% of hospitalizations and 35% of deaths.
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 38% of cases. They account for 26% of hospitalizations and 17% of deaths. (Note these numbers are all UP from 36%, 24% and 14%, indicating an uptick in Solano’s Latinx community.)
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 12% of cases and 15% of hospitalizations, but 22% of deaths.
The County’s new and improved 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 a report or two. Check out the Dashboard at https://doitgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=055f81e9fe154da5860257e3f2489d67.