Wednesday, July 8: 96 new cases today,
no new deaths. Since the outbreak started: 1,922 cases, 108 hospitalized, 27 deaths.
- Solano County reported 96 new cases today, total of 1,922 cases since the outbreak started. Over the last 7 days, Solano reported 520 new cases, an average of 74 per day.
- No new deaths today, total of 27.
- Hospitalizations – Solano is reporting 5 more currently hospitalized since yesterday, for a total of 40, but only added 1 more in the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started, total of 108. (?? Maybe a number of previously hospitalized and discharged patients were re-admitted? Or the County is correcting an error?)
- Active cases – Solano reported 53 more ACTIVE cases today, total of 370. This figure has been climbing: a week ago Monday there were 70 active cases, increasing to a previous high of 369 on Thursday and today’s record high of 370. Only 40 of those active cases are hospitalized – a whole lot of infected people are out among us, hopefully quarantined.
- ICU beds Available steady at 31%. Ventilators Available steady at 86%.
- Testing – 795 residents were tested since yesterday, total of 35,124. We still have a long way to go: only 7.8% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.
Details and Demographics tab
The County’s Public Health Dashboard includes a second tab (panel), “Details and Demographics” (shown here). Note that the Summary tab and this Details tab are both user interactive – hover over a chart (or tap) to get details. On this Details tab, most of the small 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.)
- Youth 17 and under – 10 new cases today, total of 189 cases, and no new hospitalizations, total only 2. Two weeks ago, there were only 82 cases among this age group – we’ve seen over 100 new cases in 14 days! I continue to be alarmed for Solano’s youth. Cases among Solano youth have increased in recent weeks to just under 10% of the 1,922 total confirmed cases.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 65 new cases today, total of 1,142 cases. This age group represents 59% of the 1,922 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported no new hospitalizations among this age group today, total of 28 hospitalized at one time, and 2 deaths.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 16 new cases today, total of 371 cases. This age group represents 19% of the 1,922 total cases. No new hospitalizations today, total of 36 hospitalized at one time. No new deaths, total of 3 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – 5 new cases today, total of 219 cases. This age group represents 11% of the 1,922 total cases.
1 new hospitalization, total of 42 hospitalized at one time. No new deaths, total of 22 deaths. In this older age group, 19% of positive cases required hospitalization at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups. And this group accounts for 22 of the 27 deaths, or 81%.
Incidence Rate: Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths
On the Age Group chart (and also on the Race/Ethnicity Chart) there are “Rate” tabs. Today’s report shows Solano County with:
- Solano County has 428 positive cases per population of 100,000, up from 406 yesterday (Compare this number with the City incidence rates, below.)
- 24 Solano hospitalizations per population of 100,000, down from 26 yesterday.
- 6 Solano deaths per population of 100,000, up from 5 yesterday.
Percent Positive Test Rates
Increasingly, national, state and county news reports are focusing on percent positive test rates. Five Bay Area counties report daily on their seven-day average percent positive test rate, but Solano County does not. This information is immediately important, as positive test rates in California and other southwestern states are increasing. I wrote and asked Dr. Matyas on June 24 to supply information as to Solano County’s “percent positive test rate.” He replied next day with thanks and wrote, “We are actively working to include these values on our County dashboard. I hope we can begin to report on them sometime next week.” That was nearly 2 weeks ago….
- Vallejo added 18 new cases today, total of 658.
- Fairfield added 39 new cases today, total of 659. Fairfield has seen nearly 250 new cases over the last week, and has now eclipsed Vallejo’s total for positive cases.
- Vacaville added 18 new cases today, total of 300 cases.
- Suisun City added 8 new cases today, total of 127 cases.
- Benicia added 2 new cases today, total of 39 cases. Benicia was extremely stable with only 2 new cases for the entire month of June. Now Benicia has seen 14 new cases in just over a week. The numbers are small in comparison to other Solano cities, but something’s definitely going on in Benicia!
- Dixon added 7 new case today, total of 111 cases.
- Rio Vista added 3 new case, total of 20 cases.
- Unincorporated areas – Although the County still still shows Unincorporated at <10 (less than 10), a little math tells the story: Solano’s unincorporated areas added 1 new case today, total of 8 cases, those unaccounted for in the other City totals.
- A “Rate” column shows the rate of positive COVID-19 cases (per 100,000 population) for each city. Benicia has the lowest rate, 141.5 cases per 100,000. Compare Solano cities’ incidence rates in the chart, and note that the CDC reports today’s rate in California at 702 per 100,000 (up from 658 yesterday).
Race / Ethnicity
The County report on race / ethnicity data includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. There are also tabs showing a calculated 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 23% of cases, 22% of hospitalizations and 19% of deaths.
- Black Americans are 13% of Solano’s population, and account for 12% of cases, but 29% of hospitalizations, and 35% of deaths.
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 37% of cases. They account for 25% of hospitalizations, and 23% of deaths.
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 10% of cases and 14% of hospitalizations, but 19% of deaths.
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.