By Roger Straw, Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Wednesday, February 23: Solano County reported 808 new COVID infections over the long holiday weekend, and 2 deaths. Solano County and Benicia case rates falling, but both continue in high transmission rate.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Wednesday, February 23, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported 2 new deaths in today’s report, both 65+ years of age. Trending: Fifteen new deaths reported so far in February, ALL over 65 years of age. The County has seen increasing COVID-related deaths each month since last November, rising to 30 in January. A total of 396 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
CASES BY AGE GROUP: The color-coded chart (below) shows an alarming steady increase among youth and children in Solano County. 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 17.6% as of today. (From the CDC covid-data-tracker.)
TRANSMISSION RATE: Solano is experiencing an EXTREMELY HIGH transmission rate, with a total of 1,123 new cases over the last 7 days, down from 1,248 at last report, but still way 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 822 ACTIVE cases today is down sharply from 1,153 at last report, our lowest since December 22, but still more than double the County’s 329 active cases on December 1.
- BENICIA added 23 new cases today, a total of 3,004 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia has seen 30 new infections in the last 7 days, still in the CDC’s HIGH rate of community transmission, but nearing the MODERATE rate for the first time since December 20. For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)
BENICIA MASKS: >> Benicia Council members voted to lift the citywide face mask mandate on Feb. 15. Details:
- Dixon added 27 new cases today, total of 4,126 cases.
- Fairfield added 297 new cases today, total of 21,101 cases.
- Rio Vista added 12 new cases today, total of 1,066 cases.
- Suisun City added 71 new cases today, total of 5,552 cases.
- Vacaville added 222 new cases today, a total of 19,318 cases.
- Vallejo added 153 new cases today, a total of 24,668 cases.
- Unincorporated added 3 new cases today, a total of 191 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and has continued through today’s very high 13%, same as last report but falling steadily from a high of 36% on Jan. 19. SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate fell today from 4.2% to 3.5%. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] AND the U.S. 7-day % positive rate fell today from 7.8% to 5.6%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT Solano hospitalizations fell today from 50 to 43 persons. 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 22% to 27%, but still in the Yellow danger zone.
Ventilator Availability fell today from 63% to 58% available.
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.