By Roger Straw, Friday, February 25, 2022
Solano County reports 233 new COVID infections in last two days, no deaths. Benicia’s 7-day case count falls into SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate for first time since Dec. 20. Solano County continues in HIGH transmission rate.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Friday, February 25, 2022:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new deaths in today’s report. Trending: Fifteen new deaths reported so far in February, ALL over 65 years of age. The County has seen increasing COVID-related deaths each month since last November, rising to 30 in January. A total of 396 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
CASES BY AGE GROUP: The color-coded chart (below) shows an alarming steady increase among youth and children in Solano County. The chart displays quarterly and recent snapshots in time 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. 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 17.6% as of today. (From the CDC covid-data-tracker.)
TRANSMISSION RATE: Solano is experiencing an EXTREMELY HIGH transmission rate, with a total of 1,041 new cases over the last 7 days, down from 1,123 at last report, but still way up from around 500 at Christmastime. 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 reported 837 ACTIVE cases today, up a bit from 822 at last report, still more than double the County’s 329 active cases on December 1.
- BENICIA added 4 new cases today, a total of 3,008 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: **Benicia has seen 27 new infections in the last 7 days, moving out of the CDC’s HIGH rate of community transmission for the first time since December 20. Benicia is now in a SUBSTANTIAL rate of transmission, with still a ways to go to achieve a MODERATE rate. For a city with Benicia’s population, anything over 27 cases in 7 days is considered HIGH TRANSMISSION. (See chart below.)
BENICIA MASKS: >> Ignoring CDC recommendations, Benicia Council members chose to follow along with most Bay Area Counties and the State of California, voting to lift the citywide face mask mandate on Feb. 15. Details:
- Dixon added 7 new cases today, total of 4,133 cases.
- Fairfield added 69 new cases today, total of 21,170 cases.
- Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 1,067 cases.
- Suisun City added 17 new cases today, total of 5,569 cases.
- Vacaville added 50 new cases today, a total of 19,368 cases.
- Vallejo added 85 new cases today, a total of 24,753 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 191 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive Test Rate shot up after Christmas and has continued through Wednesday’s very high 13%, but fell dramatically today to only 9%. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate fell today from 3.5% to 3.2%. [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] AND the U.S. 7-day % positive rate fell today from 5.6% to 5.3%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT The number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 43 to 42 persons.
TOTAL hospitalizations over the course of the pandemic – Solano Public Health did not update its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today. Our total since the beginning of the outbreak is 3,693 Solano residents hospitalized.
ICU Bed Availability in Solano County fell slightly today from 27% to 26%, still in the Yellow danger zone.
Ventilator Availability improved today from 58% to 67% available.
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.