Monday, October 5: 81 new cases over the weekend, 1 new hospitalization, 1 new death. Since the outbreak began: 6,601 cases, 402 hospitalized, 72 deaths.Compare previous report, Friday, October 2:Summary
- Solano County reported 81 new cases today, total of 6,601 cases since the outbreak started. Over the last 2 weeks, Solano reported 426 new cases, average of over 30 per day.
- Deaths – 1 new death today. RECENT SPIKE: 17 deaths reported in the last 13 days, total of 72 Solano deaths since the pandemic began.
Deaths reported Sept 22 – Oct 5:
– 1 very young person 18-49 years;
– 3 middle agers 50-64 years (including today’s new death);
– 13 of our elders aged 65+
- Active cases – Solano reported 21 fewer ACTIVE cases today, total of 216. Note that only 19 of these 216 people are hospitalized, so there are a lot of infected folks out among us, hopefully quarantined. Is the County equipped to contact trace so many infected persons? Who knows? To my knowledge, Solano County has offered no reports on contact tracing.
- Hospitalizations – the number of currently hospitalized persons increased by 1 over the weekend, total of 19. And the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started also increased by 1, total of 402. (See age group hospitalization stats below).
- ICU Beds –The County reported fewer ICU beds available today, down from 49% Friday to 42% today. (After 8 weeks, still no information about availability of ventilators.)
- Testing – The County reports today that 1,520 residents were tested over the weekend, new total of 91,783. (Solano has AVERAGED over 500 tested per day during the last 3 weeks.) Still, Solano has a long way to go; only 20.5% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.
Positive Test Rate
Solano County reported today that our 7-day average test rate fell today from 5.2% to 4.8%. For the record, Solano’s test rate crested the week of July 15-22, when it peaked at 9.3%. The County has hit 7% (or more) three times since, on August 21, September 1 and September 2. In the nearly 5 weeks since then, our test rate has run as high as 6.5% and as low as 2.7% (on Sept 11), averaging 4.25%.
The County’s line graph for positive test rate looks like a flat line and tells us little or nothing, not worth posting here.
Percent positive test rates are among the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus. The much more stable California
7-day test rate fell to what I believe is a new low today, at 2.6%. (Note that Solano County displays past weeks and months in a 7-day test positivity line graph which also shows daily results. However, the chart does not display an accurate number of cases for the most recent days, as there is a lag time in receiving test results. The 7-day curve also lags behind current unknown results.)
- Youth 17 and under – 7 new cases over the weekend, total of 739 cases, representing 11.2% of the 6,601 total cases. No new hospitalizations among this age group today, a total of 6 hospitalizations since the outbreak began. Thankfully, no deaths have ever been reported in Solano County in this age group. But cases among Solano youth rose steadily over the summer, from 5.6% of total cases on June 8 to 11% on August 31 and has remained around 11% since then. Youth are 22% of Solano’s general population, so this 11% may seem low. The significance is this: 1) youth numbers increased steadily and at a faster rate than the other age groups, and 2) youth are SERIOUSLY NOT IMMUNE (!) – in fact 6 youth have now been hospitalized.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 46 new cases over the weekend, total of 3,940 cases. This age group is 41% of the population in Solano, but represents 60% of the total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported 1 new hospitalization in this age group today, total of 131 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths in this young age group today, total of 5 deaths. Some in this group are surely ignoring public health orders, and many are providing essential services among us. I expect this group is a major factor in the spread of the virus.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 19 new cases over the weekend, total of 1,261 cases. This age group represents 19% of the 6,601 total cases. No new hospitalizations today, total of 108 hospitalized since the outbreak began. 1 new death in this age group today, a total of 14 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – Today the County reported 9 new cases, total of 660. No new hospitalizations, total of 157. No new deaths, total of 53 of our elders who died of COVID. Much of the recent spike in this age group is related to outbreaks at Fairfield and Vallejo care facilities. (For details on Tuesday’s report of 4 deaths, 3 of which were in Solano care facilities, see the Daily Republic report: Recent Covid-related deaths at Fairfield, Vallejo care centers climb to 9.) This age group’s 660 cases represent 9.9% of the 6,601 total cases. In this older age group, 24% of cases required hospitalization at one time. This group accounts for 53 of the 72 deaths, or 74%.
- Benicia added 2 new cases today, total of 176 cases since the outbreak began.
- Dixon added 6 new cases today, total of 426 cases.
- Fairfield added 23 new cases today, total of 2,136 cases.
- Rio Vista added 2 new cases today, total of 54 cases.
- Suisun City added 4 new cases today, total of 486 cases.
- Vacaville added 17 new cases today, total of 1,113 cases.
- Vallejo added 27 new cases today, total of 2,188 cases.
- Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 22 cases.
Race / Ethnicity
The County report on race / ethnicity includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate significantly worse outcomes among black and brown Americans. Note that all of this data surely undercounts Latinx Americans, as there is a large group of “Multirace / Others” which likely is composed mostly of Latinex members of our communities.
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 9% of cases, 11% of hospitalizations, and 18% of deaths.
- Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 11% of cases, but 18% of hospitalizations, and 25% of deaths.
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 30% of cases, 29% of hospitalizations, and 18% of deaths.
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 22% of cases, 27% of hospitalizations and 31% of deaths. NOTE: A week ago, the percentage of deaths of White Americans began to rise sharply. After hovering at 20-21% for months, White American deaths rose to 31% in recent days. It seems likely this increase corresponds to the recent spike of cases and deaths in Solano care facilities.
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.