By Roger Straw, Thursday, April 7, 2022
Solano County’s Thursday report: 87 new COVID infections, 5 more in hospital.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Thursday, April 7:
DEATHS: Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths in today’s report. No deaths reported so far in April. COMPARE: 17 COVID deaths were reported in March, 15 in February. A total of 413 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
TRANSMISSION RATE: With today’s report, Solano remained in the desired MODERATE transmission rate, with 155 new cases in the last 7 days, down from 175 on Monday. 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 220 ACTIVE cases today, up from 177 at last report.
- BENICIA added 7 new cases today, total of 3,145 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count is 10 as of today’s report, remaining in the CDC’s MODERATE range. Benicia has bounced between MODERATE and SUBSTANTIAL range since mid-March. 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 1 new case today, total of 4,347 cases.
- Fairfield added 31 new cases today, total of 22,698 cases.
- Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 1,192 cases.
- Suisun City added 4 new cases today, total of 5,955 cases.
- Vacaville added 19 new cases today, a total of 21,669 cases.
- Vallejo added 26 new cases today, a total of 25,546 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 199 cases.
CASES PER 100,000, 7-day avg: My thanks to a BenIndy reader who asked about Solano Case Rates per 100,000 population. Solano doesn’t report Countywide cases per 100,000, but the Dashboard does show this data by City (see below). The state of California posts County data and shows Solano at only 5 per 100K on April 4 (see at right). It’s a hopeful sign for us at this stage. But personally, I’m anticipating a BA.2 variant surge – and I’m still being VERY careful in public places.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE was back up to 4% today, from 3% on Monday. Even at this low rate, Solano does not compare favorably: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate rose from 1.2% to 1.6% today [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] and the U.S. 7-day % positive rate was also up today from 2.8% to 3.0%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in the County rose today from 5 persons to 7. Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though, as this number reflects both admissions and discharges. Only from the increase in total hospitalizations (below) can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano updated its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today, adding 5 new hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 4,342 (see below – the County’s hospitalization numbers for Race/Ethnicity is less accurate, but presented here to show relative percentages). TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, and (without explanation) 644 in March. Only today’s 5 so far in April.
ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported available hospital beds increased today, from only 28% on Monday to 40% today, back in the County’s GREEN safe zone after a one day drop into the YELLOW danger zone.
Ventilator Availability in Solano County remained steady today at 73% 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).
>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.