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Kari Birdseye to announce 2022 run for Benicia City Council – Rally this Sunday!

Kari Birdseye Campaign Kickoff Rally
This Sunday May 22, 2 pm, Benicia City Park

Festive Gathering at the Gazebo to Announce Run for Benicia City Council

Benicia Planning Commission chairperson Kari Birdseye will run for City Council in November’s election, and strong support for our friend is already building.

Benicia enthusiasts have organized a Kickoff Rally around the Gazebo in City Park for this Sunday, May 22 starting at 2pm.  The Rally will feature music, banners, a short but impressive lineup of speakers and opportunities to volunteer and donate.  It will be a great time to mingle with like-minded friends.

More information and volunteer possibilities can be found at karibirdseyeforbenicia.com.

Many BenIndy readers will be turning out for Kari and offering to help organize a strong campaign.  You are invited to join in this Sunday, 2-4pm at the Gazebo.  See you there!

Kari Birdseye For Benicia City Council 2022
https://karibirdseyeforbenicia.com

Solano COVID report – much good news, but still… 3 new deaths and 78 new infections

NOTE: The information below is not the latest.  TAP HERE for today’s latest information.

By Roger Straw, Monday, March 14, 2022

Solano County reported 78 new COVID infections today and 3 new deaths.  Good news: Solano no longer in HIGH transmission rate, Benicia falls into MODERATE transmission rate.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, March 14, 2022:

DEATHS:  Solano reported 3 new COVID-related deaths in today’s report.  Fifteen new deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age.  So far in March, 13 County residents were reported to have died with COVID.  A total of 409 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

TRANSMISSION RATE: Good news: With today’s report, Solano moved out of the HIGH transmission rate and into the SUBSTANTIAL rate for the first time since Dec 22, 2021, now showing a total of 286 new cases over the last 7 days. 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 show MODERATE community transmission.

>ACTIVE CASES: Good news: Solano reported 303 ACTIVE cases today, down from 425 at last report, our lowest number since Dec 15 2021.

CASES BY CITY – Monday, March 14, 2022:

  • BENICIA added 4 new cases today, a total of 3,108 cases since the outbreak began.  TRANSMISSION RATE: Good news! Benicia’s 7-day case count fell to only 13 today, dropping Benicia into the CDC’s MODERATE range for the first time since Dec 6, 2021.  For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION, and 14 to 27 cases is considered SUBSTANTIAL TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)

  • Dixon added 1 more case today, total of 4,318 cases.
  • Fairfield added 17 new cases today, total of 22,504 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 0 new cases today, total of 1,185 cases.
  • Suisun City added 5 new cases today, total of 5,888 cases.
  • Vacaville added 17 new cases today, a total of 21,518 cases.
  • Vallejo added 34 new cases today, a total of 25,359 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 199 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate has fallen dramatically in March, down today to 5% today. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was steady today at only 1.6%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] and the U.S. 7-day % positive rate was only 2.7% today. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT: Good news: the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 25 to only 13 personsCurrent hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though, as it reflects both admissions and discharges.  Only from the increase in total hospitalizations can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.

TOTAL hospitalizations over the course of the pandemic: Solano updated its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today, adding 2 new hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 3,767.

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County increased slightly today from 45% to 46%, in the County’s GREEN safe zone .

Ventilator Availability  Good news: Ventilators rose today from 68% 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).

Click green text above or on the image.

>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.

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Solano County’s final MWF COVID report: 136 new infections, 98 previously undisclosed hospitalizations

NOTE: The information below is not the latest.  TAP HERE for today’s latest information.

By Roger Straw, Friday, March 11, 2022
[Note: The information below is from Solano County Public Health’s final Mon-Wed-Fri update.  Starting next week, Solano will update it’s COVID-19 Dashboard only on Mondays and Thursdays.  Barring a new surge, I will follow on that same schedule.  – R.S.]

Solano County reported 136 new COVID infections today and 98 new hospitalizations.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Friday, March 11, 2022:

NOTICE: Solano County Public Health will update its COVID Dashboard ONLY ON MONDAYS & THURSDAYS starting next week, Mon 3/14.

DEATHS:  Solano reported no new deaths in today’s report.  Fifteen new deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age.  So far in March, 10 County residents were reported to have died with COVID.  A total of 406 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

Dr. Matyas explains huge increase in COVID cases

TRANSMISSION RATE: With last Monday’s huge increase in case numbers, Solano moved back into the HIGH transmission rate and remains there today, with a total of 4,323 new cases over the last 7 days. But the County has explained that many of Monday’s new cases are based on a ‘different testing procedure’ and predate our last 7 days, so we may not know Solano’s true 7-day case count until next Monday, 3/14. (See also Solano Public Health Director explains…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 reported 425 ACTIVE cases today, down from 429 at last report, but still far above the County’s 329 active cases on December 1.

CASES BY CITY – Friday, March 11, 2022:

  • BENICIA added 6 new cases today, a total of 3,104 cases since the outbreak began.  TRANSMISSION RATE: The County’s extraordinary update on Monday pushed Benicia’s 7-day case count well into the HIGH range and continues HIGH today at 80 CASES.  But the County has explained that many of these new cases are based on a ‘different testing procedure’ and predate our last 7 days, so we may not know Benicia’s true 7-day case count until next Monday, 3/14.  For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)

  • Dixon added 8 more cases today, total of 4,317 cases.
  • Fairfield added 41 new cases today, total of 22,487 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 1,185 cases.
  • Suisun City added 15 new cases today, total of 5,883 cases.
  • Vacaville added 34 new cases today, a total of 21,501 cases.
  • Vallejo added 31 new cases today, a total of 25,325 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 199 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate has fallen dramatically in March, down today to 6% today. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was steady today at only 1.6%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT The number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 29 to 25 persons.  Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, as it reflects both admissions and discharges.  Only from the increase in total hospitalizations can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.

TOTAL hospitalizations over the course of the pandemic: Solano Public Health played catch-up today, updating its Age Group and Race/Ethnic charts today, adding 98 previously undisclosed hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 3,765(The County’s hospitalization numbers for Race/Ethnicity is less accurate, but presented here to show relative percentages.)

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County fell today from 49% to 45%, in the County’s GREEN safe zone .

Ventilator Availability  rose today from 64% to 68% available, but still in the 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).

Click green text above or on the image.

>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.

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Solano County reports 4 more COVID deaths and 72 new cases today

NOTE: The information below is not the latest.  TAP HERE for today’s latest information.

By Roger Straw, Wednesday, March 9, 2022
[Note: I requested and received an email clarification from Solano County Public Health Officer Bela Matyas regarding Monday’s huge increase in our County’s COVID cases.  Dr. Matyas explained in rather technical terms the ‘different testing procedure’ that led to Monday’s sudden reporting of 4,115 previously undisclosed cases and the strange drop in the number of known hospitalizations.  I’m working on a post to share the new methodology – hopefully tomorrow, stay tuned….  – R.S.]

Solano County reported 72 new COVID infections today, 4 new deaths.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Wednesday, March 9, 2022:

NOTICE: Solano County Public Health will update its COVID Dashboard ONLY ON MONDAYS & THURSDAYS as of March 14, 2022

DEATHS:  Solano reported four new deaths in today’s report, one relatively young person aged 18-49 and three age 65+.  Trending: Fifteen new deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age.  So far in March, 10 more County residents were reported to have died with COVID.  A total of 406 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

TRANSMISSION RATE: With Monday’s huge corrections, Solano moved back into the HIGH transmission rate and remains there today, with a total of 4,325 new cases over the last 7 days. But the County has explained that many of Monday’s new cases are based on a ‘different testing procedure’ and predate our last 7 days, so we may not know Solano’s true 7-day case count until another week goes by.  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 reported 429 ACTIVE cases today, down from 456 at last report, but still far above the County’s 329 active cases on December 1.

CASES BY CITY – Wednesday, March 9, 2022:

  • BENICIA added 3 new cases today, a total of 3,098 cases since the outbreak began.  TRANSMISSION RATE: The County’s extraordinary update on Monday pushed Benicia’s 7-day case count well into the HIGH range and continues HIGH today at 80 CASES.  But the County has explained that many of these new cases are based on a ‘different testing procedure’ and predate our last 7 days, so we may not know Benicia’s true 7-day case count until another week goes by.  For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)

  • Dixon reportedly (!?) had 2 fewer cases today, total of 4,309 cases.
  • Fairfield added 14 new cases today, total of 22,446 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 3 new cases today, total of 1,184 cases.
  • Suisun City added 5 new cases today, total of 5,868 cases.
  • Vacaville added 25 new cases today, a total of 21,467 cases.
  • Vallejo added 23 new cases today, a total of 25,294 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 1 new case today, a total of 199 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and continued through February at 13%, but fell dramatically in March and remains at 7% today. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate fell today from 1.8% to only 1.6%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking CenterAND the U.S. 7-day % positive rate fell today from 3.2% to only 2.9%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT The number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 31 to 29 persons.  Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, as it reflects both admissions and discharges.  Only from the increase in total hospitalizations can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.

TOTAL hospitalizations over the course of the pandemic: Solano Public Health updated its Age Group chart today, adding 3 new hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 3,667.  One of the three was age 18-49 and two were age 65+.

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County rose today from 43% to 49%, in the County’s GREEN safe zone .

Ventilator Availability  fell today from 72% to 64% available, but still in the 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).

Click green text above or on the image.

>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 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.

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