The child actually died a month ago, had been ill for a month before that, and had no underling health conditions
Solano health officer calls ‘tragic’ the death of infant to Covid-19Fairfield Daily Republic, by Todd R. Hansen, December 21, 2021
FAIRFIELD — Solano County has reported the first death of a child due to Covid-19.
The infant, younger than 1 year old, died about a month ago and had been ill for about a month prior to that, Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said in a phone interview Monday.
“It’s tragic,” he said.
It takes the total of Covid-related deaths to 342, the county reported.
The child “did not appear to have any underlying health conditions . . . and, of course, the child was not vaccinated,” Matyas said.
Children that young are not allowed to be immunized.
Matyas said the infant contracted the virus almost certainly by being exposed to someone with the disease, probably a family member or friend, and, he added, it was far more likely from someone who had not been vaccinated.
That is especially true if the person who transmitted the disease was asymptomatic and did not know he or she was infected.
While the Public Health Division is investigating in hopes of learning how the child was exposed, Matyas said a clear answer may not be possible.
“We may never know,” Matyas said.
The county reported 128 new coronavirus cases, 112 of which were from the past three days. It takes the total to 47,892.
The number of residents who were hospitalized Monday with the disease was 19, with six in intensive care units. That compares to 22 hospitalized Friday and five in the ICU, the county reported.
The 10-day daily case average was 37.7, up slightly from Friday’s report of 36.9.
Vaccination rates held steady at 66% of residents 5 or older being fully vaccinated and 77% of that population receiving at least one shot. There have been 84,334 booster shots administered, up from Friday’s total of 81,294, the county reported.
The report stated 18.7% of 5- to 11-year-olds have received a vaccination shot.
Fairfield added 36 new cases to take its total to 12,803. Vallejo added 33 for a new count of 13,950. Vacaville had 12,651 cases after 38 additions, the county reported.
Suisun City (3,390) added four new cases; Dixon (2,643) added nine; Benicia (1,660) added seven; Rio Vista (644) added one; and there were no new cases in the unincorporated area of the county (151), the report states.
The seven-day positivity testing rate was 5.4%, up from 5% Friday.
County public health officials do not post case updates on Tuesdays. The next update is scheduled late Wednesday afternoon.