Friday, July 10: 90 new cases today,
1 new death. Since the outbreak started: 2,075 cases, 111 hospitalized, 28 deaths.
- Solano County reported 90 new cases today, total of 2,075 cases since the outbreak started. Over the last 7 days, Solano reported 599 new cases, an average of 85 per day.
- 1 new death today, total of 28, someone over 65 years.
- Hospitalizations – Solano is reporting 1 more currently hospitalized person since yesterday, for a total of 40, and 3 additional hospitalizations, total of 111 persons in the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started.
- Active cases (“The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Solano County residents who are still within 10 days of when their specimens were collected.”) – Solano reported 39 more ACTIVE cases today, total of 435. This figure has been climbing steadily: a week ago Monday there were 70 active cases, increasing to a yesterday’s high of 409 and today’s new record of 435. Only 40 of those active cases are hospitalized; a whole lot of infected people are out among us, hopefully quarantined. And I have to ask, is the County equipped to contact trace all of these?
- ICU beds Available increased by 2% to 39%. Ventilators Available increased by 4% to 86%.
- Testing – only 160 residents were tested since yesterday, total of 35,840. We still have a long way to go: only 8% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.
By Age Group
- Youth 17 and under – 10 new cases today, total of 202 cases, and no new hospitalizations, total only 2 since the outbreak began. Two weeks ago, there were only 88 cases among this age group – we’ve seen 114 new cases in just 14 days! I continue to raise an alarm for Solano’s youth. Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to nearly 10% of the 2,075 total confirmed cases.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 56 new cases today, total of 1,244 cases. This age group represents 60% of the 2,075 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported 1 new hospitalization among this age group today, total of 29 hospitalized since the outbreak began, and 2 deaths.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 21 new cases today, total of 402 cases. This age group represents 19% of the 2,075 total cases.
1 new hospitalization today, total of 37 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – 3 new cases today, total of 226 cases. This age group represents 10% of the 2,075 total cases.
1 new hospitalization, total of 43 hospitalized since the outbreak began. 1 new death, total of 23 deaths. In this older age group, 19% of cases required hospitalization at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups. And this group accounts for 23 of the 28 deaths, or 82%.
Incidence Rate: Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths
On the Age Group chart (and also on the Race/Ethnicity chart) there are “Rate” tabs. Today’s report shows Solano County with:
- Solano County has 462 positive cases per population of 100,000, up from 442 yesterday (Compare this number with the City incidence rates, below.)
- 25 Solano hospitalizations per population of 100,000, up from 24/100k yesterday.
- 6 Solano deaths per population of 100,000, same as yesterday.
Percent Positive Test Rates
Increasingly, national, state and county news reports are focusing on percent positive test rates. Five Bay Area counties report daily on their seven-day average percent positive test rate, but Solano County does not. This information is immediately important, as positive test rates in California and other southwestern states are increasing. I wrote and asked Dr. Matyas on June 24 to supply information as to Solano County’s “percent positive test rate.” He replied next day with thanks and wrote, “We are actively working to include these values on our County dashboard. I hope we can begin to report on them sometime next week.” That was nearly 2 weeks ago… (and I wrote to him again yesterday, will keep you posted).
- Vallejo added 29 new cases today, total of 706.
- Fairfield added 35 new cases today, total of 720. Fairfield has seen over 200 new cases over the last week, and now has more positive cases than anywhere in Solano County.
- Vacaville added 12 new cases today, total of 320 cases.
- Suisun City added 12 new cases today, total of 142 cases.
- Benicia remained steady today, total of 40 cases. Benicia was extremely stable with only 2 new cases for the entire month of June. Now Benicia has seen 13 new cases in 10 days. The numbers are small in comparison to other Solano cities, but something’s definitely going on in Benicia!
- Dixon added 2 new case today, total of 118 cases. Dixon has also moved from stable to increasing over this last week.
- Rio Vista remained steady today, total of 21 cases.
- Unincorporated areas – Although the County still still shows Unincorporated at <10 (less than 10), a little math tells the story: Solano’s unincorporated areas remained steady at 8 cases, those unaccounted for in the other City totals.
- A “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city. Benicia has the lowest rate, 145.1 cases per 100,000. Compare Solano cities’ incidence rates in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 750 per 100,000 (climbing fast this past week, and up from 732 yesterday).
Race / Ethnicity
The County report on race / ethnicity data includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. There are also tabs showing a calculated rate per 100,000 by race/ethnicity for each of these boxes. 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 23% of cases, 21% of hospitalizations and 19% of deaths.
- Black Americans are 13% 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 36% of cases, 28% of hospitalizations, and 23% of deaths.
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 10% of cases and 14% of hospitalizations, but 19% 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.