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COVID running rampant in Solano County, Benicia, all other cities, one new child death

January 19, 2022 SUMMARY: Solano County recorded 4,384 new infections today, 6,554 in the last week! Nearly 1,500 children and young teens infected this past week. 5 new COVID-related deaths reported today, including a child of 0-17 years. Solano COVID charts show the massive Omicron spike…

Source: Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard, Jan 19, 2022

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Wednesday, January 19:

DEATHS: Solano reported 5 new deaths today, one age 0-17, two age 50-64, and two 65+.  One was Asian American, one Hispanic/Latinx, and three White.  Trending: The County reported 27 COVID deaths in September, 18 in October, 14 in November, 22 in December, and 18 already in January (54 of us have died over 64 days since the uptick beginning on November 15).  A total of 369 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

CASES BY AGE GROUP: The County reported 4,384 new COVID cases today.  970 of these 4,384 new cases were youth and children under 18, equaling 22% of the total, highest percentage ever in Solano and higher than the current national percentage of 16.6% [Source: CDC covid-data-tracker].  The majority, 2,335 cases (53%) were age 18-49.  712 cases (16%) were age 50-64, and 364 (8%) 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 16.6% as of today, up dramatically from 15.9% 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 6,554 new cases over the last 7 days, up from only 324 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 6,210 ACTIVE cases is up from 377 a month ago.

CASES BY CITY – Wednesday, January 19:

  • Benicia added 215 new cases in the last 5 days, a total of 2,507 cases since the outbreak began.  Benicia has seen 319 new infections in the last 7 days, rising 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)(see chart below).  Based on Benicia population, MODERATE is defined as less than 14 cases over the last 7 days, SUBSTANTIAL is 14-27 cases, and HIGH is 28 or more cases.  Benicia will need to maintain fewer than 14 new cases-per-7-days for 30 consecutive days before relaxing its mask mandateNote above that Solano County is currently also experiencing HIGH transmission.

  • Dixon added 225 new cases today, total of 3,442 cases.
  • Fairfield added 1,079 new cases today, total of 16,821 cases.
  • Rio Vista reported 55 new cases today, total of 868 cases.
  • Suisun City added 274 new cases today, total of 4,420 cases.
  • Vacaville added 808 new cases today, a total of 15,665 cases.
  • Vallejo added 1,725 new cases today, a total of 20,300 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 3 new cases today, a total of 172 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 36%COMPARE: Today the California 7-day % positive rate fell slightly today to 19.0%.  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]  The U.S. 7-day % positive rate fell slightly today to 28.2%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 

Solano % Positive Tests chart, Jan 19, 2022 – Source: Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard

 

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT hospitalizations: rose today from 118 to 154 persons, our highest number since January 22, 2021. (See also TOTAL hospitalizations, next below…)

TOTAL hospitalizations – Today’s age chart shows 2 previously unreported hospitalizations. Since December 1, Solano has reported 390 new hospitaliz-ations by age group, including 206 since Christmas and 85 just this past week Our total since the beginning of the outbreak is now 3,431 hospitalizations.   (Data on age is more reliable than that on race/ethnicity.)

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County fell from 20% at last report to only 17% today, in the Yellow danger zone.

Ventilator Availability  was down slightly, from 64% to 63%.


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.

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VIDEO: Benicia City Council chooses to continue mask mandate

BENICIA CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION ON MASK MANDATE, JANUARY 18, 2022

For a little over an hour last night, Benicia City staff, Council and members of the public discussed whether to continue Benicia’s COVID-19 mask mandate, and what “metrics” should be used to determine when it is safe to lift the mandate.

In light of the current upswing and unpredictability given the Omicron surge, Council chose to leave the mandate in place, and to keep an eye on mask regulations issued by the State of California Department of Public Health.

It’s a fascinating discussion.  Below you can view the entire conversation, or choose one or more shorter segments of particular interest: public comments by Benicia residents Stephen Golub, Marilyn Bardet, and Dr. Richard Fleming (and also the follow-up Q&A with Dr. Fleming. )  Finally, you may view Mayor Young’s 1-minute closing summary.

The entire conversation, Benicia City Council Meeting on Jan 18, 2022, ITEM 21.B) – UPDATE ON FACE COVERINGS MANDATE…

Public comment by Benicia resident Stephen Golub
Public comment by Benicia resident Marilyn Bardet
Public comment by Benicia resident Dr. Richard Fleming (including a really informative follow-up Q&A with Mayor Young)

No Action summary by Mayor Young (mask mandate remains in place for now):

Solano COVID infections up nearly 8,000 this week, including over 1,400 children & teens

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

January 14, 2022 SUMMARY: Solano County recorded 2,170 new infections today, 7,933 in the last week! Over 1,400 children and young teens infected this past week. 1 new COVID-related death reported today, and 83 previously undisclosed hospitalizations.  We are in EXTREME HIGH rate of transmission.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Friday, January 14:

DEATHS: Solano reported 1 new death today, a Hispanic person age 18-49.  Trending: The County reported 27 COVID deaths in September, 18 in October, 14 in November, 22 in December, and 13 already in January (49 of us have died over 59 days since the uptick beginning on November 15).  A total of 364 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

CASES BY AGE GROUP: The County reported 2,170 new COVID cases today!  407 of these 2,170 new cases (19%) were youth and children under 18.  The majority, 1,233 cases (57%) were age 18-49.  380 cases (18%) were age 50-64, and 149 (7%) 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 16.4% as of today, up dramatically from 15.9% 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 7,933 new cases over the last 7 days, up from 2,500 a week ago, and only 333 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 6,845 ACTIVE cases shot up dramatically again today, rising from 2,554 a week ago and 290 a month ago.

CASES BY CITY – Friday, January 14:

  • Benicia added 104 new cases in the last 2 days, a total of 2,292 cases since the outbreak began.  Benicia has seen 420 new infections in the last 7 days, rising far above the CDC’s HIGH rate of community transmission. >(For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 is considered HIGH)(see chart below).  Based on Benicia population, MODERATE is defined as less than 14 cases over the last 7 days, SUBSTANTIAL is 14-27 cases, and HIGH is 28 or more cases.  Benicia will need to maintain fewer than 14 new cases-per-7-days for 30 consecutive days before relaxing its mask mandateNote above that Solano County is currently also experiencing HIGH transmission.

  • Dixon added 97 new cases today, total of 3,217 cases.
  • Fairfield added 551 new cases today, total of 15,742 cases.
  • Rio Vista reported 58 new cases today, total of 813 cases.
  • Suisun City added 130 new cases today, total of 4,146 cases.
  • Vacaville added 321 new cases today, a total of 14,857 cases.
  • Vallejo added 904 new cases today, a total of 18,575 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 5 new cases today, a total of 169 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 35%.  The County’s black and blue LINE GRAPH has the best detail, but those details are difficult to read, and the numbers are adjusted retroactively each day.  I’ve created a table here to show the County’s reading in today’s line graph. 

COMPARE: Today the California 7-day % positive rate fell slightly today to 19.0%.  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]  The U.S. 7-day % positive rate fell slightly today to 28.2%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT hospitalizations: rose today from 112 to 118 persons, our highest number since September 3, 2021. (See also TOTAL hospitalizations, next below…)

TOTAL hospitalizations – Today’s age chart shows 83 previously unreported hospitalizations.  (Details below.)  Since December 1, Solano has reported 270 new hospitalizations by age group, including 202 since Christmas and 148 just this past week Our total since the beginning of the outbreak is now 3,429 hospitalizations.   (Data on age is more reliable than that on race/ethnicity.)

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County fell sharply from 29% at last report to only 20% today, in the Yellow danger zone.

Ventilator Availability  was down again, from 67% to 64%.


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.

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Benicia and Solano: COVID cases, hospitalizations exploding – never saw anything like this!

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

January 12, 2022 SUMMARY: Solano County recorded 5,205 new infections in 2 days! 2 new COVID-related deaths and 63 previously undisclosed hospitalizations.  Solano & Benicia in EXTREME HIGH rate of transmission.  Nearly 1,000 children and young teens test positive.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Wednesday, January 12:

DEATHS: Solano reported 2 new deaths today, one age 18-49 and one 65+, both Black.  Trending: The County reported 27 COVID deaths in September, 18 in October, 14 in November, 22 in December, and 12 already in January (48 of us have died over 59 days since the uptick beginning on November 15).  A total of 363 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

CASES BY AGE GROUP: The County reported 5,205 new COVID cases today!  949 of these 5,205 new cases (18%) were youth and children under 18.  The majority, 3,026 cases (58%) were age 18-49.  852 cases (16%) were age 50-64, and 377 (7%) 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 steady increase among children and 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 16.4% as of today, up dramatically from 15.9% at last report.  (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 6,196 new cases over the last 7 days, up from 1,829 at last report.  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 5,666 ACTIVE cases shot up dramatically today from the County’s January 10 report of 1,143 active cases.

CASES BY CITY – Wednesday, January 12:

  • Benicia added 290 new cases in the last 2 days, a total of 2,188 cases since the outbreak began.  Benicia has seen 333 new infections in the last 7 days, raising far above the CDC’s HIGH rate of community transmission. >(For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 is considered HIGH)(see chart below).  Based on Benicia population, MODERATE is defined as less than 14 cases over the last 7 days, SUBSTANTIAL is 14-27 cases, and HIGH is 28 or more cases.  Benicia will need to maintain fewer than 14 new cases-per-7-days for 30 consecutive days before relaxing its mask mandateNote above that Solano County is currently also experiencing HIGH transmission.

  • Dixon added 271 new cases today, total of 3,120 cases.
  • Fairfield added 1,328 new cases today, total of 15,191 cases.
  • Rio Vista reported 63 new cases today, total of 755 cases.
  • Suisun City added 364 new cases today, total of 4,016 cases.
  • Vacaville added 914 new cases today, a total of 14,536 cases.
  • Vallejo added 1,969 new cases today, a total of 17,671 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 6 new cases today, a total of 164 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%.  The County’s black and blue LINE GRAPH has the best detail, but those details are difficult to read, and the numbers are adjusted retroactively each day.  I’ve created a table here to show the County’s reading in today’s line graph. 

Tap image to enlarge. (Interactive version: Solano COVID dashboard.)

COMPARE: Today the California rate jumped to 19.4%.  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]  The U.S. rate fell slightly today to 28.59%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 

HOSPITALIZATIONS:

CURRENT hospitalizations: rose today from 103 to 112 persons, our highest number since September 8, 2021. (See also TOTAL hospitalizations, next below…)

TOTAL hospitalizations – PLUS 63.  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.  Solano updated its age and race hospitalizations charts today. Today’s age chart shows 63 previously unreported hospitalizations.  (Details below.)  Solano has reported 185 new hospitalizations by age group since December 1, including 119 just since Christmas.  Our total since the beginning of the outbreak is now 3,346 hospitalizations.

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County fell from 30% at last report to 29% today, still in the Yellow danger zone.

Ventilator Availability  was down sharply from 77% to 67%.


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.

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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