By Roger Straw, Monday, February 7, 2022
Solano County reported 452 new infections over the weekend, 3 new COVID-related deaths. Solano County and Benicia continue to experience an extremely high transmission rate!
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, February 7, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported 3 new deaths in today’s report, all age 65+. Trending: Seven new deaths reported in the 1st seven days of 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. (Compare with last winter: 24 deaths in January 2021, 42 in February and 33 in March.) A total of 388 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
CASES BY AGE GROUP: My color-coded chart (below) shows a record over TIME. It 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 17.2% as of today. (From the CDC covid-data-tracker.)
COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Solano is experiencing an EXTREMELY HIGH transmission rate, with a total of 1,763 new cases over the last 7 days, down from 3,066 last Friday and over 6100 the Friday before that – but still significantly 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 2,308 ACTIVE cases today is down from 3,658 at last report, but still above the 2,000 active cases we had at the New Year and only 329 on December 1.
- Benicia added 15 new cases today, a total of 2,864 cases since the outbreak began. Benicia has seen 60 new infections in the last 7 days, far above the CDC’s HIGH rate of community transmission. For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.) >>Note that the Benicia City Council is considering adding multiple metrics rather than the single metric of the CDC’s 7-day case count to determine when it is safe to lift certain COVID restrictions (see Benicia Chooses to Continue Mask Mandate, 1/19/22). Note above that Solano County is currently also experiencing EXTREMELY HIGH transmission.
- Dixon added 34 new cases today, total of 3,958 cases.
- Fairfield added 94 new cases today, total of 19,102 cases.
- Rio Vista added 5 new cases today, total of 1,013 cases.
- Suisun City added 26 new cases today, total of 5,077 cases.
- Vacaville added 130 new cases today, a total of 18,263 cases.
- Vallejo added 148 new cases today, a total of 23,398 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 186 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and has continued through today’s very high 21%, (although today’s report shows a drop from 26% at last report.) SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The California 7-day % positive rate remained at 8.4% today. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] The U.S. 7-day % positive rate also fell today to 15.85% from 17.09% at last report. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT hospitalizations fell today from 99 to 87 persons, our lowest since January 7, 2022. 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 fell today from 24% at last report to 21% available today, still in the Yellow danger zone.
Ventilator Availability remained at 64% available today.
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.