Wednesday, September 2: 41 new cases today, no new deaths. Since the outbreak started: 5,588 cases, 47 deaths.Compare previous report, Tuesday, Sept 1:Summary
- Solano County reported 41 new cases today, total of 5,588 cases since the outbreak started. Over the last 2 weeks, Solano reported 645 new cases, an average of 46 per day.
- Deaths – no new deaths today, total of 47 Solano deaths.
- Active cases – Solano reported 12 more ACTIVE cases today, total of 323. Note that only 30 of these 323 people are hospitalized, so there are a lot of infected folks out among us, hopefully quarantined. Is the County equipped to contact trace so many infected persons? Who knows? To my knowledge, Solano County has no reporting on contact tracing.
- Hospitalizations – the number of currently hospitalized persons included 2 more today, total of 30. The total number hospitalized since the outbreak started remained steady, total of 282. For several weeks now, the County offers no information about availability of ICU beds and ventilators.
- Testing – The County reports today that 399 more residents were tested today, new total of 75,958. Solano has a long way to go: only 17% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.
TODAY’S FOCUS: Positive Test Rate
Solano County reported today that our 7-day average test rate fell slightly today, from 7.3% to 7.1%. Solano’s high test rate contrasts sharply with the state of California’s new low of 4.1% today. This week we are seeing rates above 7% for the first time since we peaked at 9.3% on July 22. The County reported a 7-day test rate low of 4.1% on August 11, and the County’s rate peaked at 9.3% on July 22. Health officials and news reports focus on percent positive test rates as one of the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus. The California 7-day test rate fell even lower today from 4.9% to a new low of 4.1%. (Note that Solano County displays past weeks and months in a 7-day test positivity curve chart 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 also lags behind current unknown results.)
- Youth 17 and under – only 3 new cases today, total of 616 cases. No new hospitalizations among this age group, a total of 5 hospitalizations since the outbreak began. Thankfully, no deaths. It is clear that our young people are catching the disease, with a recent increase in hospitalizations. It seems too many youth are ignoring public health orders. Cases among Solano youth have risen steadily over the summer, from 5.6% of total cases on June 8 to 10.9% most recently, and to over 11% this week. Youth are 22% of Solano’s general population, so this 11% may seem low. The significance is: 1) that youth numbers are increasing steadily and at a faster rate than the other age groups, and 2) that youth are seriously NOT immune – in fact 5 youth have been hospitalized.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 27 new cases today, total of 3,391 cases. This age group is 41% of the population in Solano, but represents 60.6% of the 5,588 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported no new hospitalizations in this age group today, total of 92 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths among this age group today, total of 4 deaths. This age group is very active. Some are surely ignoring public health orders, and many are providing essential services among us. I expect his group is a major factor in the spread of the virus.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 5 new cases today, total of 1,065 cases. This age group represents 19.1% of the 5,588 total cases. No new hospitalizations today, total of 76 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths in this age group today, a total of 7 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – 6 new cases today, total of 515 cases, representing 9.2% of the 5,588 total cases. No new hospitalizations today, total of 109 hospitalized since the outbreak began. In this older age group, 21.4% of cases required hospitalization at one time. This is a much higher percentage than in the lower age groups. No new deaths were reported in this age group today, total of 36 deaths. This group accounts for 36 of the 47 deaths, or 77%.
- Benicia remained steady today, total of 134 cases since the outbreak began.
- Dixon added 2 new cases today, total of 381 cases.
- Fairfield added 15 new cases today, total of 1,802.
- Rio Vista remained steady today, total of 38 cases.
- Suisun City remained steady today, total of 400 cases.
- Vacaville added 8 new cases today, total of 948 cases.
- Vallejo added 15 new cases today, total of 1,865 cases.
- Unincorporated areas added 1 new case today, total of 18 cases.
Hospitalization rate by Race / Ethnicity
The County report on race / ethnicity includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. Today I am again featuring the tab that shows a calculated HOSPITALIZATION rate per 100,000 population by race/ethnicity. As with our case numbers and death rates, this information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate significantly worse outcomes among black and brown Americans. Note that the Hospitalization Rate comparison here surely undercounts Latinx Americans, as there is a large group of “Multirace / Others” with a hospitalization rate much higher than every other group (134.2/100K, up from 130.8 yesterday).
Perhaps the best measure is to compare each group to the County’s overall hospitalization rate of 62.7/100K. As of today:
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 9% of cases and 11% of hospitalizations, but 16% of deaths. The hospitalization rate for Solano Asian Americans is 42.5 per 100K (unchanged).
- Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 11% of cases, but 18% of hospitalizations, and 23% of deaths. The hospitalization rate for Black Americans is 69.5 per 100K (up from 66.4).
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 31% of cases, 34% of hospitalizations, and 27% of deaths. The hospitalization rate for Latinx Americans is 69.1 per 100K (unchanged).
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 20% of cases, 21% of hospitalizations and 20% of deaths. The hospitalization rate for Solano Whites is 29.0 per 100K (up from 28.5).
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.