By Roger Straw, Friday, February 5, 2022
SUMMARY: Friday, February 4, 2022: Solano County reported 764 new infections today and no new COVID-related deaths. Solano County and Benicia continue to experience an extremely high transmission rate!
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Friday, February 4, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new deaths in today’s report. Trending: The ten new deaths reported this week were 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 385 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
CASES BY AGE GROUP: The County posts a chart showing Solano cases per 100K by age groups. The 18-49 year age group is catching the virus at a far higher rate than others. Those over 65 have been least likely to be infected.
MORE ON AGE GROUPS: My color-coded chart (below) shows a record over TIME, including recent data. It shows an alarming steady increase among youth and children. 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 17.2% as of today. (From the CDC covid-data-tracker.)
COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Solano is experiencing an EXTREMELY HIGH transmission rate, with a total of 3,066 new cases over the last 7 days, up from 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 3,658 ACTIVE cases today is down from 3,931 at last report, but still way above the 2,000 active cases we had at the New Year and only 329 on December 1.
- Benicia added 27 new cases today, a total of 2,849 cases since the outbreak began. Benicia has seen 108 new infections in the last 7 days, far above the CDC’s HIGH rate of community transmission. (For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION). >>Note that the Benicia City Council is considering adding multiple metrics rather than the single metric of the CDC’s 7-day case count to determine when it is safe to lift certain COVID restrictions (see Benicia Chooses to Continue Mask Mandate, 1/19/22). Note above that Solano County is currently also experiencing EXTREMELY HIGH transmission.
- Dixon added 30 new cases today, total of 3,924 cases.
- Fairfield added 193 new cases today, total of 19,008 cases.
- Rio Vista added 17 new cases today, total of 1,008cases.
- Suisun City added 51 new cases today, total of 5,051 cases.
- Vacaville added 197 new cases today, a total of 18,133 cases.
- Vallejo added 249 new cases today, a total of 23,250 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 186 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and has continued through today’s incredibly high 26%, (although today’s report shows a modest drop from 29% at last report.) SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The California 7-day % positive rate fell significantly from 11.1% to only 8.4% today. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] The U.S. 7-day % positive rate also fell today to 17.09% from 19.46% at last report. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT hospitalizations fell today from 139 to 99 persons our lowest since January 7, 2022. 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.)
ICU Bed Availability in Solano County rose today from 20% at last report to 24% available today, still in the Yellow danger zone.
Ventilator Availability rose today, from 56% to 64%.
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.