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Solano County and nationwide: Coronavirus revealing inequities in public health due to societal factors

[NOTE: Latest COVID-19 analysis by Solano County Public Health shows Whites at 39% of the county’s population, but only 25% of cases, 23% of hospitalizations and 23% of deaths.  Vallejo and Fairfield account for 54% of the population, but 73% of COVID cases, surely reflecting the two cities’ relatively poorer and browner neighborhoods.  – R.S.]

The Interwoven Threads of Inequality and Health

The New Yorker, by Isaac Chotiner, April 14, 2020
People in a spread out line.
The coronavirus crisis is revealing the inequities inherent in public health due to societal factors, Nancy Krieger, a professor of social epidemiology, says. Photograph by Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty

According to preliminary data about the coronavirus pandemic, African-Americans are bearing a strikingly disproportionate share of the suffering in the United States. In Illinois, where fourteen per cent of the population is African-American, black Americans represent more than forty per cent of the state’s confirmed coronavirus deaths. Coronavirus fatalities have a similar breakdown in Michigan, and several Southern states show even greater disparities.

The possible reasons for these inequities are myriad: African-Americans are less likely than white Americans to have the option of working from home and to receive high-quality medical care, and more likely to have preëxisting medical conditions that lead to worse outcomes from the novel coronavirus. New research links coronavirus deaths to air quality, which is often worse in poor communities and communities of color.

Nancy Krieger is a professor of social epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work focuses on health disparities between demographic groups and the social structures that help determine those disparities. We recently spoke by phone about how American health inequities are playing out during the pandemic.  During our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity, we discussed why the field of social epidemiology is crucial to understanding inequality, the causes of racial disparity in health outcomes, and what can be done to ameliorate the suffering of the most vulnerable Americans during this crisis.

Is the spread of the coronavirus, and especially its disproportionate impact on the African-American community, teaching us new things about racial disparities in health care and health outcomes or confirming things we have long known?

More the latter. What the virus is doing is pulling a thread that is showing how many things are actually connected, and how deeply people are actually connected. But it’s also revealing the very different conditions in which we live because of social structures that are inequitable, both within the United States and between countries. By pulling the thread, it’s revealing patterns that have been long known in public health.

So, when you think about something like this coronavirus, you have to think about who’s exposed in the first place and where they are exposed—at work, at home, and what are the conditions? You have to think about, if they’re exposed, do they get infected? You have to think about, if they get infected, do they get ill? And you have to think about, if they’re ill, do they actually die?

And you take each of those steps, which are all different steps in this process, and turn to what are the preliminary—and, I emphasize, preliminary—data on the excessive death rates. My state, Massachusetts…  […continued…]


 

Solano County COVID numbers this week: average of 37 new cases every day


Friday, June 26: 24 new cases today, no new deaths. Since the outbreak started: 1,118 cases, 101 hospitalized, 23 deaths.

Compare yesterday’s report, Thursday June 25:Summary

  • Solano County reported 24 new cases today, total of 1,118 cases since the outbreak started.  This past week Saturday-Friday, Solano reported 258 new cases, an average of 37 per day.
  • No new deaths today, total of 23, no new hospitalizations, total of 101.
  • Solano reported 22 fewer ACTIVE cases today, total 250.
  • Testing – Solano county reported 431 residents were tested since yesterday’s report.

Solano’s new Public Health Dashboard design has 2 tabs

The County’s new Public Health Dashboard design includes a second tab (panel), the “Details / Demographics” tab (shown here).  Note that both tabs are user interactive – hover over a chart (or tap) to get details. On the Details/Demographics tab, most of the charts have a small additional tab showing the rate per 100,000.   Go there and explore the two tabs.  (Expand a chart by clicking the small button in its upper right corner.)

SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE

The County has added an important new feature: a Seven day moving average chart.  The chart is “The average of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Solano County residents over the past 7 calendar days, by the date that their specimens were collected.”  Here is today’s chart, with a 7-day moving average of 28 new cases per day, up from 26 yesterday This chart shows a significant rise in the average number of cases during mid-June, tapering off only a little here at the end of June.

BY AGE GROUP

  • Youth 17 and under – 1 new case today, total of 88 cases, only one ever hospitalized11 days ago, there were only 40 cases among this age group – we’ve seen 48 new cases in 11 days!  I continue to be alarmed for Solano’s youth.  Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to nearly 8% of the 1,118 total confirmed casesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the figure of coronavirus-infected kids younger than 18 at around 4% of those with the disease.  Our youth are testing positive at almost double the national rate!
  • Persons 18-49 years of age – 16 new cases today, total of 634 cases.  This age group represents 57% of the 1,118 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups.  The County reported no new hospitalizations among this age group today, and no new deaths.  Total of 27 hospitalized at one time and 2 deaths.
  • Persons 50-64 years of age – 3 new cases today, total of 231 cases.  This age group represents 21% of the 1,118 total cases.  No new hospitalizations today, total of 34 hospitalized at one time.  No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
  • Persons 65 years or older – 4 new cases today, total of 164 cases.  This age group represents 15% of the 1,118 total cases.  No new hospitalizations and no new deaths today.  Total of 39 hospitalized at one time and 18 deaths.  In this older age group, 24% were hospitalized at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups And this group counts for 18 of the 23 deaths, or 78%.

CITY DATA

  • Vallejo added 4 new cases today, total of 460.
  • Fairfield added 11 new cases today, total of 360.
  • Vacaville added 5 new cases today, total of 150 cases.
  • Suisun City added 2 new cases today, total of 70 cases.
  • Benicia remained at 25 cases.
  • Dixon added 1 new case today, total of 38 cases.
  • Rio Vista and “Unincorporated” are still not assigned numerical data: today both remain at <10 (less than 10).  1 new case was evidently in this group today, unaccounted for among the other city counts.  The total numbers for other cities add up to 1,103, leaving 15 cases somewhere among the 2 locations in this “<10” category (one more than last reported)Residents and city officials have pressured County officials for city case counts.  Today’s data is welcome, but remains incomplete for folks in Rio Vista and unincorporated areas of the County.
  • The “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city.  Benicia is leading the way here, with a rate of only 90.7 cases per 100,000. Compare with other Solano cities in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 494 per 100,000 (up from 481 yesterday).  Johns Hopkins lists the overall Solano County rate at 245 (up from 238 yesterday).

RACE / ETHNICITY

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths by race/ethnicity – Solano County, June 26
Incidence rate, hospitalization rate, and death rate (per 100,000) by race/ethnicity – Solano County, June 26

The County report on race / ethnicity data includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics.  There are tabs showing a calculated rate per 100,000 by race/ethnicity for each of these boxes  (second image above).  This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans.  As of today:

  • White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 25% of cases, 23% of hospitalizations and 23% of deaths.
  • Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 29% of hospitalizations and 36% of deaths.
  • Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 36% of cases.  They account for 24% of hospitalizations and only 14% of deaths.
  • Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 12% of cases and 15% of hospitalizations (down 1% from yesterday), but 23% of deaths.

MUCH MORE…

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.

Solano’s Thursday COVID-19 report: 30 more cases, including 5 new youth infections


Thursday, June 25: 30 new cases today, no new deaths. Since the outbreak started: 1,094 cases , 101 hospitalized, 23 deaths.

Compare yesterday’s report, Wed. June 24:Summary

  • Solano County reported 30 new cases today, total of 1,094 cases since the outbreak started.
  • No new deaths today, total of 23, no new hospitalizations, total of 101.
  • Solano reported 18 new ACTIVE cases today, total 272.
  • Testing – Solano county reported 1,124 residents were tested since yesterday’s report.

Solano’s new Public Health Dashboard design has 2 panels

The County’s new Public Health Dashboard design includes the “Summary Data” panel (at top above) and the “Details / Demographics” panel (here above).  Note that both panels are user interactive – hover over a chart (or tap) to get details. On the Details/Demographics panel, most of the charts have an additional tab showing the rate per 100,000.   Go there and explore the two panels.  (Expand a chart by clicking the small button in its upper right corner.)

SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE

The County has added an important new feature: a Seven day moving average chart.  The chart is “The average of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Solano County residents over the past 7 calendar days, by the date that their specimens were collected.”  Here is today’s chart, with a 7-day moving average of 26 new cases per day, down from 30 yesterday This chart shows a significant rise in the average number of cases during mid-June, tapering off here at the end of June.

BY AGE GROUP

  • Youth 17 and under – 5 new cases today, total of 87 cases, only one ever hospitalized10 days ago, there were only 40 cases among this age group – we’ve seen 47 new cases in 10 days!  I continue to be alarmed for Solano’s youth.  The trend has been rising dramatically.  Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to 8% of the 1,094 total confirmed casesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the figure of coronavirus-infected kids younger than 18 at around 4% of those with the disease.  Our youth are testing positive at double the national rate!
  • Persons 18-49 years of age – 18 new cases today, total of 618 cases.  This age group represents 56% of the 1,094 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups.  The County reported no new hospitalizations among this age group today, and no new deaths.  Total of 27 hospitalized at one time and 2 deaths.
  • Persons 50-64 years of age – 5 new cases today, total of 228 cases.  This age group represents 21% of the 1,094 total cases.  No new hospitalizations today, total of 34 hospitalized at one time.  No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
  • Persons 65 years or older – 2 new cases today, total of 160 cases.  This age group represents 15% of the 1,094 total cases.  No new hospitalizations and no new deaths today.  Total of 39 hospitalized at one time and 18 deaths.  In this older age group, 24% were hospitalized at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups And this group counts for 18 of the 23 deaths, or 78%.

CITY DATA

  • Vallejo added 10 new cases today, total of 456.
  • Fairfield added 10 new cases today, total of 349.
  • Vacaville added 2 new cases today, total of 145 cases.
  • Suisun City remained at 68 cases.
  • Benicia remained at 25 cases.
  • Dixon added 8 new cases today, total of 37 cases.
  • Rio Vista and “Unincorporated” are still not assigned numerical data: today both remain at <10 (less than 10).  The total numbers for other cities add up to 1,080, leaving 14 cases somewhere among the 2 locations in this “<10” category (one more than last reported)Residents and city officials have pressured County officials for city case counts.  Today’s data is welcome, but remains incomplete for folks in Rio Vista and unincorporated areas of the County.
  • The “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city.  Benicia is leading the way here, with a rate of only 90.7 cases per 100,000. Compare with other Solano cities in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 481 per 100,000 (up from 450 yesterday).  Johns Hopkins lists the overall Solano County rate at 238 (up from 228 yesterday).

RACE / ETHNICITY

The County is reporting on race / ethnicity data for the first time, including case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics.  There are tabs showing the rate per 100,000 by race / ethnicity for each of these boxes .  This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans.  As of today:

  • White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 25% of cases, 23% of hospitalizations (up 2% over yesterday) and 23% of deaths.
  • Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 29% of hospitalizations and 36% of deaths.
  • Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 35% of cases.  They account for 24% of hospitalizations and only 14 % of deaths.
  • Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases and 15% of hospitalizations (down 1% from yesterday), but 23% of deaths.

MUCH MORE…

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.

Solano County COVID-19 report shows ‘7-day Moving Average’ of 30 positive cases per day, spiking in mid-June

Wednesday, June 24: 44 new cases today, no new deaths. Since the outbreak started: total of 1,064 cases , 101 hospitalized, 23 deaths.

Compare yesterday’s report, Tuesday June 23:Summary

  • Solano County reported 44 new cases today, total of 1,064 cases since the outbreak started.
  • No new deaths today, total of 23, and 2 new hospitalizations, total of 101.
  • Solano reported 33 new ACTIVE cases today, total 254.
  • Testing – Solano county reported only 203 residents were tested since yesterday’s report, many fewer than in previous days.

Solano’s new Public Health Dashboard design has 2 panels

The County’s new Public Health Dashboard design includes the “Summary Data” panel (above) and the “Details/Demographics” panel (here below).  Note that both panels are user interactive – hover over a chart (or tap) to get details. On the Details/Demographics panel, most of the charts have an additional tab showing the rate per 100,000.   Go there and explore the two panels.  (Expand a chart by clicking the small button in its upper right corner.)

SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE

The County has added an important new feature: a Seven day moving average chart.  The chart is “The average of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Solano County residents over the past 7 calendar days, by the date that their specimens were collected.”  Here is today’s chart, with a 7-day moving average of 30 new cases per day, up from 16 yesterday This chart shows a significant rise in the average number of cases during mid-June.

BY AGE GROUP

  • Youth 17 and under – 1 new case today, total of 82 cases, only one ever hospitalized. 10 days ago, there were only 39 cases among this age group – we’ve seen over 42 new cases in 12 days!  Today was a good report, but I continue to be alarmed for Solano’s youth.  The trend has been rising dramatically.  Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to nearly 8% of the 1,064 total confirmed casesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the figure of coronavirus-infected kids younger than 18 at around 4% of those with the disease.  Our youth are testing positive at double the national rate!
  • Persons 18-49 years of age – 34 new cases today, total of 600 cases.  This age group represents 56% of the 1,064 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups.  The County reported 1 new hospitalization among this age group today, and no new deaths.  Total of 27 hospitalized at one time and 2 deaths.
  • Persons 50-64 years of age – 7 new cases today, total of 223 cases.  This age group represents 21% of the 1,064 total cases1 new hospitalization today, total of 34 hospitalized at one time.  No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
  • Persons 65 years or older – 2 new cases today, total of 158 cases.  This age group represents 15% of the 1,064 total cases.  No new hospitalizations and no new deaths today.  Total of 39 hospitalized at one time and 18 deaths.  In this older age group, 25% were hospitalized at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups And this group counts for 18 of the 23 deaths, or 78%.

CITY DATA

  • Vallejo added 10 new cases today, total of 446.
  • Fairfield added 24 new cases today, total of 339.
  • Vacaville added 5 new cases today, total of 143 cases.
  • Suisun City added 3 new cases today, total of 68 cases.
  • Benicia remained at 25 cases.
  • Dixon is reported at 2 new cases today, total of 29 cases.
  • Rio Vista and “Unincorporated” are still not assigned numerical data: today both remain at <10 (less than 10).  The total numbers for other cities add up to 1,050, leaving 14 cases somewhere among the 2 locations in this “<10” category (one more than last reported)Residents and city officials have pressured County officials for city case counts.  Today’s data is welcome, but remains incomplete for folks in Rio Vista and unincorporated areas of the County.
  • The “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city.  Benicia is leading the way here, with a rate of only 92 cases per 100,000. Compare with other Solano cities in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 463 per 100,000 (up from 450 yesterday).  Johns Hopkins lists the overall Solano County rate at 228 (up from 209 yesterday).

RACE / ETHNICITY

The County is reporting on race / ethnicity data for the first time, including case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics.  There are tabs showing the rate per 100,000 by race / ethnicity for each of these boxes .

This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans.  As of today:

  • White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 25% of cases, 23% of hospitalizations (up 2% over yesterday) and 23% of deaths.
  • Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 29% of hospitalizations and 36% of deaths.
  • Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 35% of cases.  They account for 24% of hospitalizations and only 14 % of deaths.
  • Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases and 15% of hospitalizations (down 1% from yesterday), but 23% of deaths.

MUCH MORE…

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.