By Roger Straw, Thursday, March 31, 2022
Solano County’s Thursday report: 107 new COVID infections, and 487 previously undisclosed hospitalizations. County will likely offer an explanation tomorrow for the unprecedented increase in hospitalizations.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Thursday, March 31, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths in today’s report. In March, 17 County residents were reported to have died with COVID. One was age 18-49, five were age 50-64, and eleven were age 65+. COMPARE: 15 COVID deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age. A total of 413 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 the desired MODERATE transmission rate. with 195 new cases in the last 7 days. 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 need to drop below 225 cases in 7 days to show MODERATE community transmission. Numbers between 225 and 450 are considered SUBSTANTIAL transmission.
ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 229 ACTIVE cases today, up from 194 at last report.
- BENICIA added 8 new cases today, total of 3,135 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count is 17 as of today’s report, back up into the CDC’s SUBSTANTIAL range. Benicia was in the MODERATE range from mid-March until today’s report. 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 7 more cases today, total of 4,344 cases.
- Fairfield added 26 new cases today, total of 22,652 cases.
- Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 1,191 cases.
- Suisun City added 9 new cases today, total of 5,948 cases.
- Vacaville added 38 new cases today, a total of 21,628 cases.
- Vallejo added 18 new cases today, a total of 25,499 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, and remains low, at only 4% today. Even at this lower rate, Solano does not compare favorably: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate fell to only 1.0% today, [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] and the U.S. 7-day % positive rate was down a bit today from 2.5% to 2.3%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT: The number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 8 persons to only 7. 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 Public Health posted a MAJOR UPDATE its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today. Solano reported an unprecedented jump, adding 487 new hospitalizations today, for a March total of 644 newly reported hospitalizations. TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January and 184 in February. Solano’s pandemic total of hospitalizations is now 4,337. (The County’s hospitalization numbers for Race/Ethnicity is less accurate, but presented here to show relative percentages.)
ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported a sudden drop in available hospital beds today, falling from 46% to only 33%, just barely still in the County’s GREEN safe zone .
Ventilator Availability in Solano County rose slightly today from 72% available to 73% 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.