Coronavirus continues to spread in Benicia; Solano County reports 3 new COVID deaths

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By Roger Straw, Monday, May 2, 2022

Solano County reports 356 new COVID infections and 3 new deaths.  Benicia and Solano County continue in HIGH rate of transmission.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, May 2, 2022:

DEATHS:  Solano reported three new COVID-related deaths in today’s report, all age 65+. Solano has reported 3 deaths so far in May. COMPARE BELOW: COVID deaths reported in Solano County this year: 30 in January, 15 in February, 17 in March, and 7 in April.  A total of 423 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 HIGH rate of transmission, with 623 new cases in the last 7 days (up from 527 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 700 ACTIVE cases today, up from 621 at last report.

CASES BY CITY – Monday, May 2, 2022:

  • BENICIA added 22 new cases today, a total of 3,260 cases since the outbreak began.  TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia has reported 52 new cases in the last 7 days, continuing in the CDC’s HIGH rate of transmissionFor 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 11 new cases today, total of 4,395 cases.
  • Fairfield added 102 new cases today, total of 23,074 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 3 new cases today, total of 1,202 cases.
  • Suisun City added 28 new cases today, total of 6,060 cases.
  • Vacaville added 62 new cases today, a total of 21,925 cases.
  • Vallejo added 127 new cases today, a total of 26,028 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 1 new case today, a total of 201 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE was 11% today, up from 10% at last report. Solano Public Health announced today 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 2.2% today, down from 2.7% at last report.  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]. The U.S. 7-day % positive rate was 7.3%. today, up from 6.1% at last report. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 


CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID doubled today from 8 persons at last report to 16. The County did not update its Age, Race/Ethnicity hospitalization charts today. TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, 644 in March, and 53 in April.  (The County often updates age/race hospitalization data long after the fact, which probably accounts for the huge increase reported in March.)

Currently hospitalized in Solano Apr ’20 – current. Note recent upswing.  (Tap image to enlarge.)

ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported available hospital beds rose slightly today, from 32% at last report to 35% today, still just within the County’s GREEN safe zone.

Ventilator Availability in Solano County also rose dramatically today from 64% to 84% 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).

Click green text above or on the image.

>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.