By Roger Straw, Thursday, March 17, 2022
Solano County reported 111 new COVID infections today, 2 hospitalizations and 1 new death.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Thursday, March 17, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported 1 new COVID-related death in today’s report, a Hispanic person age 65+. Fifteen new deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age. So far in March, 14 County residents were reported to have died with COVID. A total of 410 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
TRANSMISSION RATE: With Monday’s report, Solano moved out of the HIGH transmission rate and into the SUBSTANTIAL rate for the first time since Dec 22, 2021, and remained there in today’s report, now showing a total of 325 new cases over the last 7 days (up from 286 on Monday). 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 show MODERATE community transmission.
>ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 306 ACTIVE cases today, up slightly from 303 at last report, our lowest numbers since mid-December last year.
- BENICIA added 5 new cases today, a total of 3,113 cases since the outbreak began. That’s over 11% of Benicia’s total population. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count dipped into the MODERATE range on Monday, but rose slightly from 13 to 15 today, back into the SUBSTANTIAL rate of transmission. For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION, and 14 to 27 cases is considered SUBSTANTIAL TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)
- Dixon added 4 more cases today, total of 4,322 cases.
- Fairfield added 37 new cases today, total of 22,541 cases.
- Rio Vista added 0 new cases today, total of 1,185 cases.
- Suisun City added 10 new cases today, total of 5,898 cases.
- Vacaville added 22 new cases today, a total of 21,540 cases.
- Vallejo added 33 new cases today, a total of 25,392 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 199 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE fell dramatically in March, down to only 4% today. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was down from 1.6% to only 1.3% today. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] and the U.S. 7-day % positive rate was down from 2.7% to only 2.2% today. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT: Good news: the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County remained steady today at only 13 persons. Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though, as this number reflects both admissions and discharges. Only from the increase in total hospitalizations (below) can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.
TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano updated its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today, adding 2 new hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 3,769. (The County’s hospitalization numbers for Race/Ethnicity is less accurate, but presented here to show relative percentages.)
ICU Bed Availability in Solano County remained steady today at 46%, in the County’s GREEN safe zone .
Ventilator Availability in Solano County remained steady today at 80% available, in the County’s GREEN safe zone.
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 (as of 3/14/2022) is updated Monday and Thursday between 4 and 6pm. 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.