By Roger Straw, Thursday, April 21, 2022
Solano County reports 137 new COVID infections, 11 hospitalizations, no new deaths.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Thursday, April 21, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new COVID-related death in today’s report, 4 deaths reported so far in April. COMPARE: 15 COVID deaths were reported in February, 17 in March. A total of 417 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
TRANSMISSION RATE: With today’s report, Solano remained in a SUBSTANTIAL rate of transmission, with 265 new cases in the last 7 days (up slightly from 250 at last report). 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. Below 225 cases in 7 days shows MODERATE community transmission. Numbers between 225 and 450 are considered SUBSTANTIAL transmission.
ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 328 ACTIVE cases today, up from 257 at last report.
CASES BY CITY – Thursday, April 21:
- BENICIA added 15 new cases today, 50 in the first 3 weeks of April and a total of 3,185 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count is 27 as of today’s report, just one person shy of the CDC’s HIGH rate of transmission. Benicia has bounced between MODERATE and SUBSTANTIAL range since mid-March. For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. 14 to 27 cases is considered SUBSTANTIAL. Below 14 is rated MODERATE.
- Dixon added 3 new cases today, total of 4,357 cases.
- Fairfield added 32 new cases today, total of 22,837 cases.
- Rio Vista added 3 new cases today, total of 1,194 cases.
- Suisun City added 12 new cases today, total of 5,995 cases.
- Vacaville added 20 new cases today, a total of 21,773 cases.
- Vallejo added 50 new cases today, a total of 25,721 cases.
- Unincorporated added 1 new case today, a total of 200 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE was 6% today, up from 5% at last report. Even at this low rate, Solano does not compare favorably to the rest of California: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was 1.9% today [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]. The U.S. 7-day % positive rate held steady today at 5.3%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in the County rose today from only 2 persons to 4. 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 11 previously unreported hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 4,365. TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, and (without explanation) 644 in March. Only 28 so far in April, but the County often updates this age/race hospitalization data long after the fact.
ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported available hospital beds increased sharply today, from 43% at last report to 63% today, still in the County’s GREEN safe zone.
Ventilator Availability in Solano County rose slightly today from 68% to 69% 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.