Friday, June 5: 1 new positive case, 1 new death. Total now 566 cases, 23 deaths.
- Solano County reported 1 new positive case today, total of 566.
- 1 new death today, total of 23.
- Active cases – 2 fewer than yesterday, 61 active cases..
- Very little testing – reporting only 47 residents tested.
- Youth – With today’s report, Solano County introduces a new way of listing cases by age group. Previously, we saw 3 age groups: 0-18, 19-64 and 65+. Today we see 4 groups: 0-17, 18-49, 50-64 and 65+. Although the additional age breaks are interesting and perhaps even helpful, we can no longer continue to track the upward trend among those 18 and under as we have been doing since May 4. Note that the new 17 and under age group shows 2 fewer cases today, indicating that 2 young people were actually 18 years old, now included in the 18-50 group. Anyway, reducing the count by 2, it is still noteworthy that there have been 28 new cases among those age 17 and under in the last 23 days, with only 6 new cases over the 5 weeks prior. (See table below).
BY AGE GROUP
(IMPORTANT TO NOTE that today, the GREEN bar in the County’s chart no longer represents “Non-severe” cases. Rather, it represents the TOTAL of all cases: non-severe cases, those hospitalized and deceased persons.)
- Today the County is showing 2 fewer cases in the youngest age group, redefining that group as those 17 and under (rather than 18 and under), total of 33 cases, including one hospitalization. Our concern remains: cases among youth have increased over the last two weeks to 6% of the 566 total confirmed cases.
- Persons 18-49 years of age total 256 cases, including 22 hospitalized and 2 deaths. This age group represents 45% of the 566 total cases. 22 of the 256 cases in this age group have been hospitalized at one time, almost 9% of total cases in the age group. (It is unclear whether the 2 deaths were ever hospitalized.)
- Persons 50-64 years of age total 145 cases, including 28 hospitalized and 3 deaths. This age group represents 26% of the 566 total cases. 28 of the 145 cases in this age group have been hospitalized at one time, a little over 19% of total cases in the age group. (It is unclear whether the 3 deaths were ever hospitalized.)
- Persons 65 years or older total 132 cases, including 38 hospitalized and 18 deaths. This age group represents just over 23% of the 566 total cases. 1 new death, total of 18. 38 of the 132 cases in this age group (29%) were hospitalized at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups. (It is unclear whether the 18 deaths in this age group were ever hospitalized.)
- Vallejo reported no new cases for the second day in a row today, remaining at a total of 310.
- Fairfield added 1 new case today, total of 121.
- Vacaville remained at 60 cases.
- Suisun City remained at 31 cases.
- Benicia remained at 23 cases.
- Dixon remained at 11 cases.
- Rio Vista and “Unincorporated” are still not assigned numerical data: today both remain at <10 (less than 10). The total numbers for other cities add up to 556, leaving 10 cases somewhere among the 2 locations in this “<10” category (same as last reported). Residents and city officials have pressured County officials for city case counts. Today’s data is welcome, but still incomplete.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: 89 of Solano’s 566 cases resulted in hospitalizations since the outbreak started, 1 more than yesterday. Cumulative hospitalizations is a most important stat to watch. On May 1 there were 51 hospitalizations, and the daily increase was relatively steady, adding 2 or less each day until a little over a week ago. On May 22, the County reported 4 new hospitalizations, on May 29 an additional 9, 3 more on June 2 and another 1 today. The County has seen 18 additional hospitalizations in just 14 days. Stay tuned!
ACTIVE CASES: 61 of the 566 cases are currently active, 2 fewer than yesterday. Note that the county does not report WHERE the active cases are. Below you will see that only 13 of the active cases are currently hospitalized, which leaves 48 of these 61 active cases out in our communities somewhere, and hopefully quarantined.
HOSPITAL IMPACT: The County shows 13 of the 89 hospitalized cases are CURRENTLY hospitalized, 2 more than yesterday. The County’s count of ICU beds available and ventilator supply remains at “GOOD” at 31-100%. (No information is given on our supply of test kits, PPE and staff.).
TESTING: The County reports that 13,141 residents have been tested as of today, an increase of only 47 residents tested since yesterday. Earlier this week, over 500 residents were tested on each of two consecutive days. Not sure why the slow-down, but it’s disappointing. We have a long way to go: only 2.9% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested. NOTE: State run testing sites in Vallejo and Vacaville are open to anyone.
Solano’s curve – cumulative cases as of June 5
This chart shows that the infection’s steady upward trajectory could be flattening a bit in Solano County. Still too early to tell. Our nursing homes, long-term care facilities and jails bear watching!