Wednesday, November 4: 91 new cases overnight, no new deaths, no new hospitalizations. Since the outbreak began: 7,940 cases, 532 hospitalized, 76 deaths.Compare previous report, Tuesday, Nov. 3:Summary
- Solano County reported 91 new cases overnight, much higher than average of late. Total of 7,940 cases since the outbreak started.
- Deaths – no new deaths reported today. Total of 76 Solano deaths since the pandemic began.
- Active cases – Solano reported an increase of 71 additional ACTIVE case today, total of 464. Note that only 18 of these 464 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 – Solano County reported the number of currently hospitalized persons decreased by 2 overnight, total of 18. TOTAL hospitalized since the outbreak began increased dramatically last week, adding 106 previously unreported hospitalizations! Today the numbers held steady, total of 532 hospitalized since the outbreak began. For manual calculation of total, see age group stats below.
- ICU Beds – The County reported more ICU beds available today, up from 35% to 41%. (Still no information about availability of ventilators.)
Positive Test Rate
Solano County reported today that our 7-day average test rate rose today from 7.1% to a rather alarming 7.7%. Average percent positive test rates are among the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus. The much lower and more stable California 7-day test rate has been on the rise lately, rose slightly today, from 3.2% to 3.3%. (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 – 11 new cases overnight, total of 903 cases, representing 11.4% of the 7,940 total cases. No new hospitalizations reported today. 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 just over 11% 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 14 youth have now been hospitalized.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 52 (!) new cases overnight, total of 4,671 cases. This age group is 41% of the population in Solano, but represents just under 60% of the total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. No new hospitalizations reported today, total of 178. No new deaths in this young group today, total of 6 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 – 18 new cases overnight, total of 1,541 cases. This age group represents over 19% of the 7,940 total cases. (1 more hospitalization reported today, total of 150, probably a correction – note 1 fewer hospitalization among the 18-49 age group.) No new deaths in this age group today, a total of 15 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – 9 new cases today, total of 821, representing 10.3% of Solano’s 7,940 total cases. No new hospitalizations reported today, total of 190 since the outbreak began. No new deaths in this age group today, total of 55 of our elders who died of COVID. This group accounts for 55 of the 76 total deaths, or 72%.
- Benicia added 5 new cases today, total of 203 cases since the outbreak began.
- Dixon added 7 new cases today, total of 527 cases.
- Fairfield added 25 new cases today, total of 2,518 cases.
- Rio Vista remained steady today, total of 63 cases.
- Suisun City added 5 new cases today, total of 575 cases.
- Vacaville added 23 new cases today, total of 1,472 cases.
- Vallejo added 26 new cases today, total of 2,555 cases.
- Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 27 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 10% of cases, 11% of hospitalizations, and 20% of deaths.
- Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 12% of cases, but 18% of hospitalizations, and 24% of deaths.
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 27% of cases, 29% of hospitalizations, and 17% of deaths.
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 23% of cases, 25% of hospitalizations and 29% of deaths.
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.