Tuesday, October 6: 23 new cases overnight, no new hospitalizations, no new deaths. Since the outbreak began: 6,624 cases, 402 hospitalized, 72 deaths.Compare previous report, Monday, October 5:Summary
- Solano County reported 23 new cases today, total of 6,624 cases since the outbreak started. Over the last 2 weeks, Solano reported 430 new cases, average of over 31 per day.
- Deaths – no new deaths today. RECENT SPIKE: 17 deaths reported in the last 14 days, total of 72 Solano deaths since the pandemic began.
Deaths reported Sept 22 – Oct 6:
– 1 very young person 18-49 years;
– 3 middle agers 50-64 years;
– 13 of our elders aged 65+
- Active cases – Solano reported 6 fewer ACTIVE cases today, total of 210. Note that only 19 of these 210 people are hospitalized, so there are a lot of infected folks out among us, hopefully quarantined. Is the County equipped to contact trace so many infected persons? Who knows? To my knowledge, Solano County has offered no reports on contact tracing.
- Hospitalizations – the number of currently hospitalized persons remained unchanged today, total of 19. And the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started also remained unchanged, total of 402. (See age group hospitalization stats below).
- ICU Beds –For some reason, although hospitalization numbers remained the same, the County reported significantly fewer ICU beds available today, down from 42% yesterday to only 30% today. (After 8 weeks, still no information about availability of ventilators.)
- Testing – The County reports today that 348 residents were tested overnight, new total of 92,131. (Solano has AVERAGED over 500 tested per day during the last 3 weeks.) Solano has a long way to go; only 20.6% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.
Positive Test Rate
Solano County reported today that our 7-day average test rate remained at 4.8%. For the record, Solano’s test rate crested the week of July 15-22, when it peaked at 9.3%. The County has hit 7% (or more) three times since, on August 21, September 1 and September 2. In the nearly 5 weeks since then, our test rate has run as high as 6.5% and as low as 2.7% (on Sept 11), averaging 4.25%.
The County’s line graph for positive test rate looks like a flat line and tells us little or nothing, not worth posting here.
Percent positive test rates are among the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus. The much more stable California
7-day test rate remained at a low of 2.6% today. (Note that Solano County displays past weeks and months in a 7-day test positivity line graph which also shows daily results. However, the chart does not display an accurate number of cases for the most recent days, as there is a lag time in receiving test results. The 7-day curve also lags behind current unknown results.)
- Youth 17 and under – 1 new case today, total of 740 cases, representing 11.2% of the 6,624 total cases. No new hospitalizations among this age group today, a total of 6 hospitalizations since the outbreak began. Thankfully, no deaths have ever been reported in Solano County in this age group. But cases among Solano youth rose steadily over the summer, from 5.6% of total cases on June 8 to 11% on August 31 and has plateaued at 11.2% since September 30. Youth are 22% of Solano’s general population, so this 11.x% may seem low. The significance is this: 1) youth numbers increased steadily and at a faster rate than the other age groups, and 2) youth are SERIOUSLY NOT IMMUNE (!) – in fact 6 youth have now been hospitalized.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 17 new cases today, total of 3,957 cases. This age group is 41% of the population in Solano, but represents 60% of the total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported no new hospitalizations in this age group today, total of 131 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths in this young age group today, total of 5 deaths. Some in this group are surely ignoring public health orders, and many are providing essential services among us. I expect this group is a major factor in the spread of the virus.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 3 new cases today, total of 1,264 cases. This age group represents 19% of the 6,624 total cases. No new hospitalizations today, total of 108 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths in this age group today, a total of 14 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – Today the County reported 2 new cases, total of 662. No new hospitalizations, total of 157. No new deaths, total of 53 of our elders who died of COVID. Much of the recent spike in this age group is related to outbreaks at Fairfield and Vallejo care facilities. This age group’s 662 cases represent 10% of the 6,624 total cases. In this older age group, 23.7% of cases required hospitalization at one time. This group accounts for 53 of the 72 deaths, or 74%.
- Benicia remained steady today, total of 176 cases since the outbreak began.
- Dixon added 1 new cases today, total of 427 cases.
- Fairfield added 8 new case today, total of 2,144 cases.
- Rio Vista remained steady today, total of 54 cases.
- Suisun City added 3 new cases today, total of 489 cases.
- Vacaville added 8 new cases today, total of 1,121 cases.
- Vallejo added 3 new cases today, total of 2,191 cases.
- Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 22 cases.
Race / Ethnicity
The County report on race / ethnicity includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate significantly worse outcomes among black and brown Americans. Note that all of this data surely undercounts Latinx Americans, as there is a large group of “Multirace / Others” which likely is composed mostly of Latinx members of our communities.
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 9% of cases, 11% of hospitalizations, and 18% of deaths.
- Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 11% of cases, but 18% of hospitalizations, and 25% of deaths.
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 30% of cases, 29% of hospitalizations, and 18% of deaths.
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 22% of cases, 27% of hospitalizations and 31% of deaths. NOTE: A week ago, the percentage of deaths of White Americans began to rise sharply. After hovering at 20-21% for months, White American deaths rose to 31% in recent days. It seems likely this increase corresponds to the recent spike of cases and deaths in Solano care facilities.
The County’s new and improved Coronavirus Dashboard is full of much more information, too extensive to cover here on a daily basis. The Benicia Independent will continue to summarize daily and highlight a report or two. Check out the Dashboard at https://doitgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=055f81e9fe154da5860257e3f2489d67.