By Roger Straw, Monday, May 16, 2022
Solano County reports 675 new COVID infections, nearly 1,200 in 7 days. Benicia and Solano continue in VERY HIGH transmission rate.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, May 16, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths in today’s report. Solano has reported 5 deaths so far in May. COMPARE: COVID deaths reported in Solano County this year: 30 in January, 15 in February, 17 in March, 7 in April. A total of 425 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
TRANSMISSION RATE: With today’s report, Solano continues to experience an extremely HIGH rate of transmission, with 1,177 new cases in the last 7 days, up from 971 at last report and 2.6 times the CDC formula for HIGH transmission. 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. Below 225 cases in 7 days shows MODERATE community transmission. Numbers between 225 and 450 are considered SUBSTANTIAL transmission.
ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 1,229 ACTIVE cases today, up from 1,164 at last report and over 5 times the 244 active cases reported about a month ago (April 11).
- BENICIA added 39 (!) new cases today, a total of 3,363 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia has reported 53 new cases in the last 7 days, (see below). For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. 14 to 27 cases is considered SUBSTANTIAL. Below 14 is rated MODERATE.
- Dixon added 37 new cases today, total of 4,477 cases.
- Fairfield added 169 new cases today, total of 23,539 cases.
- Rio Vista added 4 new cases today, total of 1,223 cases.
- Suisun City added 48 new cases today, total of 6,188 cases.
- Vacaville added 154 new cases today, a total of 22,456 cases.
- Vallejo added 224 new cases today, a total of 26,605 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 202 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano Public Health no longer reports numbers of residents tested and the County’s 7-day positive test rate. >>With so many home-tests, I agree that these numbers are no longer reliable, BUT they do give the public helpful information when compared to similar numbers for the state and nation. NO WAY TO COMPARE: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was 3.9% today. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]. The U.S. 7-day % positive rate was 11.5%. today. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID was 24 persons, double the 12 who were hospitalized at last report. Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though. Only from the increase in total hospitalizations by age and race (below) can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.
TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County did not update it’s hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity today. TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, 644 in March, and 53 in April, and 44 so far in May. (NOTE: The County occasionally updates age/race hospitalization data long after the fact, which probably accounts for the huge increase reported in March.)
ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported that the number of available hospital beds rose today, from 40% at last report to 43% today, within the County’s GREEN safe zone.
Ventilator Availability in Solano County remained rose today from 77% to 80% available, in the County’s GREEN safe zone.
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 (as of 3/14/2022) is updated Monday and Thursday between 4 and 6pm. 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.