Seven new COVID deaths reported in Solano County, Benicia’s 7-day transmission rate is HIGH

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By Roger Straw, Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Wednesday, October 13: Solano County reports 7 new deaths and 207 new infections, remains in the CDC’s SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate.  Benicia sees 24 new cases, still in HIGH transmission rate.

Solano County COVID dashboard SUMMARY:
[Sources: see below.]

DEATHS: Solano reported 7 new COVID-related deaths today, 2 age 50-64 and 5 age 65+; including 1 each Black and White, and 2 each Hispanic and Multi-raceThe County has reported 42 COVID deaths just since Sept 1.  A total of 312 Solano residents have died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

CASES: The County reported 207 new COVID cases over the holiday weekend, 41 per day.  AGES: 40 of these 207 cases (19%) were youth and children under 18.  48% were age 18-49, 21% were age 50-64, and only 11% were 65+.

COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION RATE: Over the last 7 days, Solano has seen 413 new cases, up from 375  on last Friday.  This increase isn’t enough to move Solano up into the CDC’s population-based definition of a HIGH transmission rate, but it’s not far off.  Solano remains in SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate.

(CDC FORMULA: Based on Solano County population of 449,432, the CDC would rate us in “SUBSTANTIAL” transmission with 225 cases over the last 7 days.  Double that, or 450 cases in the last 7 days would rank us in “HIGH” transmission.  Reference: CDC’s “Level of SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission”.]

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 396 ACTIVE cases is down from last Friday’s 486, but still far above our summer rates.

CASES BY CITY on Wednesday, October 13:

    • Benicia added 24 new cases today, a total of 1,491 cases since the outbreak began.  Although Benicia’s population is only 6.2% of Solano’s total, today’s 24 new Benicia cases are nearly double that (11.6%) as a percentage of today’s 207 new cases.  Benicia has seen 31 new cases over the last 7 days, continuing in the CDC’s definition of HIGH community transmission (defined as 28 or more cases, based on Benicia population – SEE CHART BELOW).  [Note that Solano County is at a level of SUBSTANTIAL transmission, and Solano’s 6 other cities (below) are likely also individually experiencing high or substantial transmission.]

    • Dixon added 11 new cases today, total of 2,510 cases.
    • Fairfield added 49 new cases today, total of 12,072 cases.
    • Rio Vista added 9 new cases today, total of 591 cases.
    • Suisun City added 14 new cases today, total of 3,190 cases.
    • Vacaville added 49 new cases today, a total of 11,834 cases.
    • Vallejo added 51 new cases today, a total of 13,208 cases.
    • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 139 cases (population figures not available).

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  Solano’s 7-day average percent positivity rate was 7.2% today, up substantially from last Friday’s 5.8%.  COMPARE: today’s California rate is 1.7% and today’s U.S. rate is 5.8%[Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]


CURRENT hospitalizations were down today from 52 to 37 persons, our lowest number since July 23.  Good news!

ICU Bed Availability is up sharply today, from an alarmingly low 12% last Friday to 27% today, but still in the yellow danger zone.  We remain in the worrisome range we saw during last winter’s surge.

Ventilator Availability is down slightly today from 51% to 46%, still in the range of last winter’s surge.

TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s TOTAL hospitalized over the course of the pandemic must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity.  The County updated its Hospitalizations charts today.  See below.  The differing race/ethnicity numbers indicate a number of persons whose race/ethnicity was not given or recorded.

FACE MASKS… Required for all in Benicia and Vallejo

Benicia City Council passed a citywide indoors mask mandate that went into effect on August 24 and includes everyone 4 years old and up when indoors in public places, even those of us who are vaccinated.  Benicia was joined by Vallejo on August 31.  In the Bay Area, Solano County REMAINS the only holdout against a mask mandate for public indoors spaces.

SOLANO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS failed to consider an agendized proposal for a countywide MASK MANDATE on Tuesday, September 14.  Last week’s Bay Area news put Solano in a sad light: all other county health officers issued a joint statement offering details on when they would be able to lift mask mandates (not likely soon).  TV news anchors had to point out that Solano would not be considering such a move since our health officer had not been able to “justify” a mask mandate in the first place.  The Solano Board of Supervisors has joined with Dr. Bela Matyas in officially showing poor leadership on the COVID-19 pandemic.

HOW DOES TODAY’S REPORT COMPARE?  See recent reports and others going back to April 20, 2020 on 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.