And the beat goes on… Solano experiencing fifth COVID surge, reporting nearly 500 new cases, 2 deaths

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By Roger Straw, Monday, May 9, 2022

Solano County reports 469 new COVID infections and 2 new deaths.  Benicia and Solano 7-day transmission rates SOARING.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, May 9, 2022:

DEATHS:  Solano reported 2 new COVID-related deaths in today’s report, both age 65+.  Solano has reported 5 deaths so far in May. COMPARE: COVID deaths reported in Solano County this year: 30 in January, 15 in February, 17 in March, 7 in April.  A total of 425 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

TRANSMISSION RATE: With today’s report, Solano continues to  experience a very HIGH rate of transmission, with 731 new cases in the last 7 days (up from 618 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.  Below 225 cases in 7 days shows MODERATE community transmission.  Numbers between 225 and 450 are considered SUBSTANTIAL transmission.

ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 829 ACTIVE cases today, up from 798 at last report.

CASES BY CITY – Monday, May 9, 2022:

  • BENICIA added 33 new cases today, a total of 3,310 cases since the outbreak began.  TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia has reported 50 new cases in the last 7 days, nearly DOUBLE the CDC’s HIGH rate of transmission (see below)For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION.  14 to 27 cases is considered SUBSTANTIAL.  Below 14 is rated MODERATE.
  • Dixon added 21 new cases today, total of 4,421 cases.
  • Fairfield added 121 new cases today, total of 23,260 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 7 new cases today, total of 1,212 cases.
  • Suisun City added 28 new cases today, total of 6,109 cases.
  • Vacaville added 117 new cases today, a total of 22,107 cases.
  • Vallejo added 142 new cases today, a total of 26,256 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 201 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE was 14% today, up from 12% at last report.
>> Solano Public Health announced that beginning on May 16, it will no longer report numbers of residents tested and the County’s 7-day positive test rate.  >>With so many home-tests, I agree that these numbers are no longer reliable, BUT they do give the public helpful information when compared to similar numbers for the state and nation.  COMPARE: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was 8.9% today, up dramatically from 3.8% at last report (May 6).  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]. The U.S. 7-day % positive rate was 9.6%. today, up from 8.7% at last report. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 


CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID more than DOUBLED today from 9 persons at last report to 19.   Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though.  Only from the increase in total hospitalizations by age and race (below) can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.

TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s recent and total hospitalizations must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity.  Solano did not update its Age and Race charts today, leaving unchanged the pandemic total of 4,420.   TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, 644 in March, and 53 in April, and 30 so far in May.  (NOTE: The County occasionally updates age/race hospitalization data long after the fact, which probably accounts for the huge increase reported in March.)

ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported that the number of available hospital beds dropped significantly today, from 56% at last report to only 45% today, still within the County’s GREEN safe zone.

Ventilator Availability in Solano County fell slightly today from 78% to 77% available, in the County’s GREEN safe zone. 

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).

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>The data on this page is from the Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard.  The Dashboard is full of much more information and (as of 3/14/2022) is updated Monday and Thursday between 4 and 6pm.  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.