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Seven new COVID deaths reported in Solano County, Benicia’s 7-day transmission rate is HIGH

NOTE: This information is archived.  Click HERE for today’s latest information

By Roger Straw, Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Wednesday, October 13: Solano County reports 7 new deaths and 207 new infections, remains in the CDC’s SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate.  Benicia sees 24 new cases, still in HIGH transmission rate.

Solano County COVID dashboard SUMMARY:
[Sources: see below.]

DEATHS: Solano reported 7 new COVID-related deaths today, 2 age 50-64 and 5 age 65+; including 1 each Black and White, and 2 each Hispanic and Multi-raceThe County has reported 42 COVID deaths just since Sept 1.  A total of 312 Solano residents have died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

CASES: The County reported 207 new COVID cases over the holiday weekend, 41 per day.  AGES: 40 of these 207 cases (19%) were youth and children under 18.  48% were age 18-49, 21% were age 50-64, and only 11% were 65+.

COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Over the last 7 days, Solano has seen 413 new cases, up from 375  on last Friday.  This increase isn’t enough to move Solano up into the CDC’s population-based definition of a HIGH transmission rate, but it’s not far off.  Solano remains in SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate.

(CDC FORMULA: Based on Solano County population of 449,432, the CDC would rate us in “SUBSTANTIAL” transmission with 225 cases over the last 7 days.  Double that, or 450 cases in the last 7 days would rank us in “HIGH” transmission.  Reference: CDC’s “Level of SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission”.]

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 396 ACTIVE cases is down from last Friday’s 486, but still far above our summer rates.

CASES BY CITY on Wednesday, October 13:

    • Benicia added 24 new cases today, a total of 1,491 cases since the outbreak began.  Although Benicia’s population is only 6.2% of Solano’s total, today’s 24 new Benicia cases are nearly double that (11.6%) as a percentage of today’s 207 new cases.  Benicia has seen 31 new cases over the last 7 days, continuing in the CDC’s definition of HIGH community transmission (defined as 28 or more cases, based on Benicia population – SEE CHART BELOW).  [Note that Solano County is at a level of SUBSTANTIAL transmission, and Solano’s 6 other cities (below) are likely also individually experiencing high or substantial transmission.]

    • Dixon added 11 new cases today, total of 2,510 cases.
    • Fairfield added 49 new cases today, total of 12,072 cases.
    • Rio Vista added 9 new cases today, total of 591 cases.
    • Suisun City added 14 new cases today, total of 3,190 cases.
    • Vacaville added 49 new cases today, a total of 11,834 cases.
    • Vallejo added 51 new cases today, a total of 13,208 cases.
    • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 139 cases (population figures not available).

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  Solano’s 7-day average percent positivity rate was 7.2% today, up substantially from last Friday’s 5.8%.  COMPARE: today’s California rate is 1.7% and today’s U.S. rate is 5.8%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT hospitalizations were down today from 52 to 37 persons, our lowest number since July 23.  Good news!

ICU Bed Availability is up sharply today, from an alarmingly low 12% last Friday to 27% today, but still in the yellow danger zone.  We remain in the worrisome range we saw during last winter’s surge.

Ventilator Availability is down slightly today from 51% to 46%, still in the range of last winter’s surge.

TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s TOTAL hospitalized over the course of the pandemic must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity.  The County updated its Hospitalizations charts today.  See below.  The differing race/ethnicity numbers indicate a number of persons whose race/ethnicity was not given or recorded.

FACE MASKS… Required for all in Benicia and Vallejo

Benicia City Council passed a citywide indoors mask mandate that went into effect on August 24 and includes everyone 4 years old and up when indoors in public places, even those of us who are vaccinated.  Benicia was joined by Vallejo on August 31.  In the Bay Area, Solano County REMAINS the only holdout against a mask mandate for public indoors spaces.

SOLANO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS failed to consider an agendized proposal for a countywide MASK MANDATE on Tuesday, September 14.  Last week’s Bay Area news put Solano in a sad light: all other county health officers issued a joint statement offering details on when they would be able to lift mask mandates (not likely soon).  TV news anchors had to point out that Solano would not be considering such a move since our health officer had not been able to “justify” a mask mandate in the first place.  The Solano Board of Supervisors has joined with Dr. Bela Matyas in officially showing poor leadership on the COVID-19 pandemic.


HOW DOES TODAY’S REPORT COMPARE?  See recent reports and others going back to April 20, 2020 on 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.


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Solano falls today into CDC’s “Substantial” COVID transmission range, Benicia remains in “High” range


By Roger Straw, Friday, October 8, 2021

Friday, October 8: Solano County reports 124 new infections, drops from HIGH to SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate.  Benicia remains just barely in HIGH transmission rate.

Solano County COVID dashboard SUMMARY:
[Sources: see below.]

DEATHS: Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths todayBut the County reported 39 COVID deaths over the last 39 days (from August 30).  A total of 305 Solano residents have died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

CASES: The County reported 124 new COVID cases over the last two days, 62 per day.  AGES: 18 of these 124 cases (15%) were youth and children under 18.  52% were age 18-49, 16% were age 50-64, and 18% were 65+.

COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Over the last 7 days, Solano has seen 375 new cases, down from 451  on Wednesday and 639 on Monday.  This good news drops Solano into the CDC’s population-based definition of a SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate for only the 2nd time since July 21.

(CDC FORMULA: Based on Solano County population of 449,432, the CDC would rate us in “SUBSTANTIAL” transmission with 225 cases over the last 7 days.  Double that, or 450 cases in the last 7 days would rank us in “HIGH” transmission.  Reference: CDC’s “Level of SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission”.]

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 486 ACTIVE cases is up from Wednesday’s 467, and still far above our summer rates.

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  Solano’s 7-day average percent positivity rate was only 5.8% today, down from Wednesday’s 6.2%.  COMPARE: today’s California rate is 2.1% and today’s U.S. rate is 6.3%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT hospitalizations were up today from 50 to 52 persons, and still in the range we saw during the winter surge.

ICU Bed Availability is down sharply today, from 29% to an alarming 12%, barely above the red warning zone.  We saw rates this low once in September and twice in August – and before that, not since January.  Again, we are in the worrisome range we saw during the winter surge.

Ventilator Availability is up slightly today from 49% to 51%, but still in the range of last winter’s surge.

TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s TOTAL hospitalized over the course of the pandemic must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity.  The County updated its Hospitalizations charts today.  See below.  The differing race/ethnicity numbers indicate a number of persons whose race/ethnicity was not given or recorded.

FACE MASKS… Required for all in Benicia and Vallejo

Benicia City Council passed a citywide indoors mask mandate that went into effect on August 24 and includes everyone 4 years old and up when indoors in public places, even those of us who are vaccinated.  Benicia was joined by Vallejo on August 31.  In the Bay Area, Solano County REMAINS the only holdout against a mask mandate for public indoors spaces.

SOLANO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS failed to consider an agendized proposal for a countywide MASK MANDATE on Tuesday, September 14.  Today’s Bay Area news put Solano in a sad light: all other counties’ health officers issued a statement offering details on when they would be able to lift mask mandates (not likely soon).  TV news anchors had to point out that Solano would not be considering such a move since our health officer had not been able to “justify” a mask mandate in the first place.  The Solano Board of Supervisors has joined with Dr. Bela Matyas in officially showing poor leadership on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cases by City on Friday, October 8:
    • Benicia added 7 new cases today, a total of 1,467 cases since the outbreak began.  Benicia has seen 28 new cases over the last 7 days, continuing (just barely) in the CDC’s definition of HIGH community transmission (defined as 28 or more cases, based on Benicia population – SEE CHART BELOW).  [Note that Solano County is at a level of HIGH transmission, and Solano’s 6 other cities are likely also individually experiencing high or substantial transmission.]

    • Dixon added 6 new cases today, total of 2,499 cases.
    • Fairfield added 29 new cases today, total of 12,023 cases.
    • Rio Vista added 6 new cases today, total of 582 cases.
    • Suisun City added 6 new cases today, total of 3,176 cases.
    • Vacaville added 36 new cases today, a total of 11,785 cases.
    • Vallejo added 34 new cases today, a total of 13,157 cases.
    • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 139 cases (population figures not available).

HOW DOES TODAY’S REPORT COMPARE?  See recent reports and others going back to April 20, 2020 on 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.


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Solano County reports only 82 new COVID infections (but transmission remains HIGH)


By Roger Straw, Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Wednesday, October 6: Solano County reports 82 new infections, 13 in Benicia

Solano County COVID dashboard SUMMARY:
[Sources: see below.]

DEATHS: Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths todaySolano deaths over the course of the pandemic now total 305The County reported 32 COVID deaths over the last 32 days.

CASES: The County reported 82 new COVID cases over the last two days, 41 per day.  AGES: 13 of these 82 cases (16%) were youth and children under 18.  59% were age 18-49, 21% were age 50-64, and only 6% were 65+.

COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Over the last 7 days, Solano has seen 451 new cases, down from 639 on Monday but still just barely in the CDC’s population-based definition of a HIGH transmission rate.

(CDC FORMULA: Based on Solano County population of 449,432, the CDC would rate us in “SUBSTANTIAL” transmission with 225 cases over the last 7 days.  Double that, or 450 cases in the last 7 days would rank us in “HIGH” transmission.  Reference: CDC’s “Level of SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission”.]

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 467 ACTIVE cases is down from Monday’s 514, but still far above our summer rates.

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  Solano’s 7-day average percent positivity rate was only 6.2% today, down from Monday’s 6.7%.  COMPARE: today’s California rate is 1.9% and today’s U.S. rate is 6.3%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT hospitalizations were down today from 53 to 50 persons, and still in the range we saw during the winter surge.

ICU Bed Availability is up today, from 23% to 29%, but still in the yellow danger zone.  Again, we are in the worrisome range we saw during the winter surge.

Ventilator Availability is down today from 53% to 49%, still in the range of last February’s winter surge.

TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s TOTAL hospitalized over the course of the pandemic must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity.  The County did not update its Hospitalizations charts today.  See below.  The differing race/ethnicity numbers indicate a number of persons whose race/ethnicity was not given or recorded.

FACE MASKS… Required for all in Benicia and Vallejo

Benicia City Council passed a citywide indoors mask mandate that went into effect on August 24 and includes everyone 4 years old and up when indoors in public places, even those of us who are vaccinated.  Benicia was joined by Vallejo on August 31.  In the Bay Area, Solano County REMAINS the only holdout against a mask mandate for public indoors spaces.

OLD NEWS BUT SIGNIFICANT – SOLANO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS failed to consider an agendized proposal for a countywide MASK MANDATE on Tuesday, September 14.  The Board’s agenda called for discussion of an indoors mask mandate for all and a vaccination mandate for county workers.  The Board voted 4-1 to require county-run facilities in Vallejo and Benicia to abide by local mandates.  But the Board voted down the vaccination mandate 3-2, and failed to even consider the agendized question of a county-wide mask mandate.  The Solano Board of Supervisors joined with Dr. Bela Matyas in officially showing poor leadership on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cases by City on Wednesday, October 6:
  • Benicia added 13 new cases today, a total of 1,460 cases since the outbreak began.  Benicia has seen 38 new cases over the last 7 days, continuing in the CDC’s definition of HIGH community transmission (defined as 28 or more cases, based on Benicia population).  [Note that Solano County is at a level of HIGH transmission, and Solano’s 6 other cities are likely also individually experiencing high or substantial transmission.]
  • Dixon added 6 new cases today, total of 2,493 cases.
  • Fairfield added 14 new cases today, total of 11,994 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 5 new case today, total of 576 cases.
  • Suisun City added 4 new cases today, total of 3,170 cases.
  • Vacaville added 13 new cases today, a total of 11,749 cases.
  • Vallejo added 27 new cases today, a total of 13,123 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 139 cases (population figures not available).

HOW DOES TODAY’S REPORT COMPARE?  See recent reports and others going back to April 20, 2020 on 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.


Sources

Solano County Monday update: 8 COVID dead, 169 new infections


By Roger Straw, Monday, October 4, 2021

Monday, October 4: Solano County reports 8 COVID deaths and 169 new infections

Solano County COVID dashboard SUMMARY:
[Sources: see below.]

DEATHS: Solano reported 8 new COVID-related deaths today, one age 50-64 and seven over 65.  The County accounted for race/ethnicity of six of the eight: 1 Hispanic, 4 White and 1 Multirace.  Solano deaths over the course of the pandemic now total 305The County reported 32 COVID deaths over the last 30 days.

CASES: The County reported  169 new COVID cases over the weekend, 54 per day.  AGES: 33 of these 169 cases (20%) were youth and children under 18.  49% were age 18-49, 19% were age 50-64, and only 12% were 65+.

COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Over the last 7 days, Solano has seen 639 new cases, up from 518 on Friday and decidedly in the CDC’s population-based definition of a HIGH transmission rate.

(CDC FORMULA: Based on Solano County population of 449,432, the CDC would rate us in “SUBSTANTIAL” transmission with 225 cases over the last 7 days.  Double that, or 450 cases in the last 7 days would rank us in “HIGH” transmission.  Reference: CDC’s “Level of SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission”.]

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 514 ACTIVE cases is down from Friday’s 545, but still far above our summer rates.

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  Solano’s 7-day average percent positivity rate was only 6.7% today, down from Friday’s 7.8%.  COMPARE: today’s California rate is 2.0% and today’s U.S. rate is 6.4%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT hospitalizations were up today from 46 to 53 persons, and still in the range we saw during the winter surge.

ICU Bed Availability is up today, from 18% to 23%, but still in the yellow danger zone.  Again, we are in the worrisome range we saw during the winter surge.

Ventilator Availability remained at 57% today, still in the range of last February’s winter surge.

TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s TOTAL hospitalized over the course of the pandemic must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity.  The County did not update its Hospitalizations charts today.  See below.  The differing race/ethnicity numbers indicate a number of persons whose race/ethnicity was not given or recorded.

FACE MASKS… Required for all in Benicia and Vallejo

Benicia City Council passed a citywide indoors mask mandate that went into effect on August 24 and includes everyone 4 years old and up when indoors in public places, even those of us who are vaccinated.  Benicia was joined by Vallejo on August 31.  In the Bay Area, Solano County REMAINS the only holdout against a mask mandate for public indoors spaces.

OLD NEWS BUT SIGNIFICANT – SOLANO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS failed to consider an agendized proposal for a countywide MASK MANDATE on Tuesday, September 14.  The Board’s agenda called for discussion of an indoors mask mandate for all and a vaccination mandate for county workers.  The Board voted 4-1 to require county-run facilities in Vallejo and Benicia to abide by local mandates.  But the Board voted down the vaccination mandate 3-2, and failed to even consider the agendized question of a county-wide mask mandate.  The Solano Board of Supervisors joined with Dr. Bela Matyas in officially showing poor leadership on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cases by City on Monday, October 4:
  • Benicia added 8 new cases today, a total of 1,447 cases since the outbreak began.  Benicia has seen 34 new cases over the last 7 days, solidly back in the CDC’s definition of HIGH community transmission (defined as 28 or more cases, based on Benicia population).  [Note that Solano County is at a level of HIGH transmission, and Solano’s 6 other cities are likely also individually experiencing high or substantial transmission.]
  • Dixon added 14 new cases today, total of 2,487 cases.
  • Fairfield added 42 new cases today, total of 11,980 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 2 new case today, total of 571 cases.
  • Suisun City added 10 new cases today, total of 3,166 cases.
  • Vacaville added 47 new cases today, a total of 11,736 cases.
  • Vallejo added 46 new cases today, a total of 13,096 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 139 cases (population figures not available).

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