SUMMARY, Wednesday, January 26, 2022: Solano County reported 650 new infections today and 71 previously unreported hospitalizations. The County has reported 4,783 new cases in the last week. Benicia has seen 167 new cases over the last 7 days. Omicron may have peaked (or may not), but we are surely still experiencing an extremely high transmission rate!
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Wednesday, January 26, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new deaths in today’s report – the County’s first no-deaths report in over a month, first since December 13. Trending: The County reported 27 COVID deaths in September, 18 in October, 14 in November, 22 in December, and 24 already in January. A total of 375 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
CASES BY AGE GROUP: The County reported 650 new COVID cases today. Remarkably, 175 of these 650 new cases were youth and children under 18, or 27% of the total – a significantly higher percentage than ever before. 230 of these cases (35%) were age 18-49. 158 cases (24%) were age 50-64, and only 86 (13%) were 65+.
BELOW: color-coded chart shows CASES SINCE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN BY AGE GROUP, each as a percentage of TOTAL CASES SINCE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN. Increases are in red and decreases are in green as reported by Solano County since April of 2020. Note the continuing increase among children & youth of Solano County. The population of those age 0-17 in Solano County is roughly 22%.COMPARE – U.S. cases among children and youth aged 0-17 as percentage of total cases is 17.0% as of today, up from 16.8% on Monday. (From the CDC covid-data-tracker.)
COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Solano has risen dramatically and almost daily since December 27 into an EXTREMELY HIGH transmission rate, with a total of 4,783 new cases over the last 7 days, up from around 500 at Christmastime, just a month ago. 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’s 4,786 ACTIVE cases is up from around 2,000 at the New Year and only 329 on December 1.
- Benicia added 24 new cases today, a total of 2,674 cases since the outbreak began. Benicia has seen 167 new infections in the last 7 days, far above the CDC’s HIGH rate of community transmission. (For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION). >>Note that the Benicia City Council is considering adding multiple metrics rather than the single metric of the CDC’s 7-day case count to determine when it is safe to lift certain COVID restrictions (see Benicia Chooses to Continue Mask Mandate, 1/19/22). Note above that Solano County is currently also experiencing EXTREMELY HIGH transmission.
- Dixon added 70 new case today, total of 3,616 cases.
- Fairfield added 140 new cases today, total of 17,950 cases.
- Rio Vista added 45 new case today, total of 914 cases.
- Suisun City added 57 new cases today, total of 4,780 cases.
- Vacaville added 227 new cases today, a total of 16,944 cases.
- Vallejo added 114 new cases today, a total of 21,805 cases.
- Unincorporated added 2 new cases today, a total of 179 cases.
POSITIVE TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and has continued through today’s incredibly high 32%, up from 31% in previous County report. COMPARE: The California 7-day % positive rate fell substantially today from 16.4% to 15.3%. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] The U.S. 7-day % positive rate also fell today from 26.69% to 23.88%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT hospitalizations fell today from 162 to 149 persons. Currently hospitalized persons in Solano peaked higher than ever before this past Saturday, Jan 22, at 207 persons in hospital. (See below, and note that previous high was 176 on Jan 7, 2021.)
TOTAL hospitalizations – Today’s Age Chart shows 71 previously unreported hospitalizations, including no children and youth age 0-17 (thank goodness), but adding 25 age 19-49, 18 age 50-64 and 28 age 65+. Our total since the beginning of the outbreak is now 3,507 hospitalizations. (Data on age is more reliable than that on race/ethnicity.)
ICU Bed Availability in Solano County rose from only 15% at last report to 21% available today, still in the Yellow danger zone.
Ventilator Availability rose today as suddenly as it fell at last report, climbing from only 50% (our lowest rate since Oct 13, 2021) to today’s 68%.
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 updated Monday, Wednesday and Friday around 4 or 5pm. 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.