Game-changing news for Benicia, Vallejo, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon

By Roger Straw, Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday, July 30 in Solano County: 301 new COVID infections in last 2 days, % of ICU beds available drops into yellow danger zone, test positivity edges closer to 20%.  [Also… important breaking news on high transmission rates among the vaccinated.]

Solano County COVID dashboard SUMMARY:
[Sources: see below.  See also my ARCHIVE spreadsheet of daily Solano COVID updates.]

No new deaths reported today.  The Fairfield Daily Republic reports that 3 of the 4 new deaths Solano disclosed yesterday “date back to 2020, and the other from February.”   The four deaths “were discovered as part of a systematic review of known Covid cases to determine outcomes and death certificates, and a follow-up review of medical records.  Two of the deaths were men between 50 and 65; the others were a man and a woman, each older than 65.”  The County total remains 249 COVID deaths since the pandemic began.

TREND: Cases-per-day dramatically up in July

Solano County is clearly experiencing a dramatic “summer surge” in cases.  The County reported  301 new COVID cases since Wednesday, 150 per day!  Cases-per-day were trending downward in recent months, but are now rising rapidly, especially over the last week:

Solano’s 972 ACTIVE cases is up again from Wednesday’s remarkable high of 831, higher than anything since February 5, 2021.  Active cases have risen alarmingly in July, up from 212 cases on July 2 to today’s 972.

Solano Positive Test Rate INCREDIBLY HIGH – much higher than US & CA!

Our 7-day average percent positivity rate was up again today from a shocking 16.8% on Monday to an even more surprising 19.3% today, the County’s highest rate since January 25, 2021.  We would be decidedly back in the PURPLE TIER with rates this high.  COMPARE: The US 7-day % positive rate today is at 7.3%, and the California rate is 4.7%. [Source: Johns Hopkins]  This thing is on fire here – watch out and take care!

Hospitalizations – County provides MAJOR update of previously unreported hospitalizations

CURRENT hospitalizations today remained at 51 persons

ICU Beds took a dramatic turn today, falling from 32% to 26%, now in the County’s yellow danger zone, the first time since March 5, 2021.  Ventilators available today rose from 68 to 73, about the only good news for the day.

TOTAL Hospitalized The County’s Monday-Friday updates show an intake/discharge total of CURRENTLY hospitalized cases, but never report on the TOTAL hospitalized over the course of the pandemic.  That total must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of the Hospitalizations by Age Group chart.  The County performed a MAJOR UPDATE of the Hospitalizations by Age Group chart yesterday, adding 710 previously unreported hospitalizations!  We assume this was a long overdue review of earlier hospitalizations, but we have no independent confirmation.  Yesterday’s additions:

    • 9 more children age 0-17 who were hospitalized with COVID since the County’s end-of-June update;
    • 253 additional young adults age 18-49;
    • another 200 aged 50-64;
    • and 248 more of our elders 65 and older.

The Age Group chart now shows a total of 2,018 persons hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak, in the following age groups:

Age Group Hospitalizations % of Total
0-17 36 2%
18-49 580 29%
50-64 542 27%
65+ 860 43%
TOTAL 2,018 100%

Hospitalizations are also recorded on the County’s demographic chart labeled “Hospitalizations by Race / Ethnicity.”  The chart was updated today, adding 138 Asians, 127 Blacks, 221 Hispanics, 208 Whites, and subtracting 3 from the Multirace group.  Here are the current numbers.  Interestingly, the total doesn’t square with totals by age groups.

Race / Ethnicity Hospitalizations % of Total
Asians 321 17% (up 2%)
Black / African American 327 17% (up 1%)
Hispanic / Latinx 548 29% (up 2%)
White 614 32%  (down 2%)
Multirace / Others 83 4% (down 3%)
TOTAL 1,893 100%
New State Guidelines…

COVID is clearly spreading again and surging in Solano County!  Today California also issued new Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.  The new guidelines include a recommendation for universal masking indoors statewide, adding of Adult and Senior Care Facilities to settings where all individuals must wear masks indoors, and a reference to new requirements for unvaccinated workers.  Some California counties are returning to mandatory masks for all in crowded places.  In the Bay Area, Solano County is the only holdout against even RECOMMENDING masks in public indoors spaces.  Dr. Matyas needs to make some difficult decisions soon!

BREAKING NEWS FROM PROVINCETOWN MASSACHUSSETTS  – And about wearing masks again, Social Distancing & Vaccination…

We heard seriously shocking news today about the large number of FULLY VACCINATED persons who are catching the virus and actively transmitting it.  As the Washington Post reports, “A sobering scientific analysis published Friday found that three-quarters of the people infected during an explosive coronavirus outbreak fueled by the delta variant were fully vaccinated. The report on the Massachusetts cases, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers key evidence bolstering the hypothesis that vaccinated people can spread the more transmissible variant and may be a factor in the summer surge of infections.” 

This is HUGE news to me!  We were just beginning to associate more freely with fully vaccinated friends and family, and now I am to understand that some among us may be asymptomatic and unknowingly transmitting the virus amongst us, and inevitably helping spread the disease to someone who knows someone, who knows someone else, who knows yet another someone who is not vaccinated, or who is too young or too health-compromised to be vaccinated – and who may end up seriously ill or even dead!

My personal plan is to mask indoors in public now, and we’re even wondering if we should mask indoors with vaccinated family and friends!  Sheeesh, I thought we were done with that!  Everyone PLEASE talk to anyone you know who isn’t vaccinated.  This thing ain’t over yet!

Cases by City on Friday, July 30:
  • Benicia added 8 new cases today, a total of 1,110 cases since the outbreak began, 4.0% of its population of 27,570.
  • Dixon added 12 new case today, total of 2,019 cases, 10.2% of its population of 19,794.
  • Fairfield added 102 new cases today, total of 9,729 cases, 8.3% of its population of 117,149.
  • Rio Vista added 5 new cases today, total of 429 cases, 4.6% of its population of 9,416.
  • Suisun City added 20 new cases today, total of 2,532 cases, 8.6% of its population of 29,447.
  • Vacaville added 63 new cases today, a total of 9,452 cases, 9.6% its of population of 98,807.
  • Vallejo added 90 new cases today, a total of 10,623 cases, 8.9% of its population of 119,544.
  • Unincorporated added 1 new case today, a total of 110 cases (population figures not available).

COMPARE: From the most recent report on Solano County’s COVID Dashboard, Wednesday, July 28:

The data on this page is from today’s and the previous Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard.  The Dashboard is full of much more information and updated weekdays 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 “SummaryDemographics” and “Vaccines.”  Click here to go to today’s Solano County Dashboard.