Tuesday, September 22: 19 new cases overnight, 2 new deaths. Since the outbreak started: 6,194 cases, 57 deaths.
Compare previous report, Monday, Sept 21:Summary
- Solano County reported 19 new cases today, total of 6,194 cases since the outbreak started. Over the last 2 weeks, Solano reported 432 new cases, average of 31 per day.
- Deaths – 2 new deaths today, total of 57 Solano deaths.
- Active cases – Despite registering 19 new cases, Solano reported 16 fewer ACTIVE cases today, total of 220. Note that only 22 of these 220 people are hospitalized, so there are a lot of infected folks out among us, hopefully quarantined. Is the County equipped to contact trace so many infected persons? Who knows? To my knowledge, Solano County has no reporting on contact tracing.
- Hospitalizations – the number of currently hospitalized persons was increased by 2 today, total of 22. However, the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started increased by 19, indicating that the number of admissions barely exceeded the number of discharges. Total hospitalizations now number 356 (see age group hospitalization stats below).
- ICU Beds –The County reported 45% of ICU beds available, up 1% from yesterday and down from 56% a week ago Monday. (After 7 weeks, still no information about availability of ventilators.)
- Testing – The County reports today that 501 residents were tested today, new total of 85,350. Solano has a long way to go: only 19.1% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.
Positive Test Rate
Solano County reported today that our 7-day average test rate fell from 5.0% yesterday to 3.1% today. Our supposedly smooth 7-day moving average has jumped all over the place recently (see note about delayed adjustments below). For the record, just two weeks ago we saw Solano rates above 7% for the first time since we peaked at 9.3% on July 22. Week before last we bottomed out at 2.7%. The County’s line graph for positive test rate looks like a flat line and tells us absolutely nothing, not worth posting here. Health officials and news reports focus on percent positive test rates as one of the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus. The much more stable California’s relatively stable 7-day test rate remained at 2.8% today. (Note that Solano County displays past weeks and months in a 7-day test positivity line graph which also shows daily results. However, the chart does not display an accurate number of cases for the most recent days, as there is a lag time in receiving test results. The 7-day curve also lags behind current unknown results.)
- Youth 17 and under – 2 new case today, total of 677 cases, representing 10.9% of the 6,194 total cases. 1 new hospitalization among this age group today, the first since mid-August, a new total of 6 hospitalizations since the outbreak began. Thankfully, no deaths. In recent weeks it seems too many youth are ignoring public health orders. Cases among Solano youth rose steadily over the summer, from 5.6% of total cases on June 8 to 11% on August 31 and has remained around 11% since then. Youth are 22% of Solano’s general population, so this 11% may seem low. The significance is this: 1) youth numbers have increased steadily and at a faster rate than the other age groups, and 2) youth are SERIOUSLY NOT IMMUNE (!) – in fact 6 youth have now been hospitalized.
- Persons 18-49 years of age – 12 new cases today, total of 3,717 cases. This age group is 41% of the population in Solano, but represents 60% of the total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups. The County reported 9 new hospitalizations in this age group today, total of 117 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths among this age group today, total of 4 deaths. Some in this group are surely ignoring public health orders, and many are providing essential services among us. I expect his group is a major factor in the spread of the virus.
- Persons 50-64 years of age – 5 new cases today, total of 1,186 cases. This age group represents 19% of the 6,194 total cases.
8 new hospitalizations today, total of 97 hospitalized since the outbreak began. No new deaths in this age group today, a total of 11 deaths.
- Persons 65 years or older – Last week Monday, I reported Solano’s LARGEST SINGLE WEEKEND INCREASES in this age group since I began keeping records on April 20: 31 new cases, 3 new hospitalizations and 2 deaths. Today the County reported no NEW cases, but 8 new hospitalizations, total of 137, and 2 new deaths, total of 42 of our elders who died of COVID. Much of the recent spike may be related to an outbreak at the Parkrose Gardens Alzheimer’s and Dementia care facility in Fairfield, where 31 patients and 8 staff were reported on September 15 to have tested positive. This age group’s 613 cases represent 10% of the 6,194 total cases. In this older age group, 22% of cases required hospitalization at one time. This group accounts for 42 of the 57 deaths, or 74%.
- Benicia remained steady today, total of 163 cases since the outbreak began.
- Dixon added 2 new cases today, total of 410 cases.
- Fairfield remained steady today, total of 2,022 cases.
- Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 45 cases.
- Suisun City added 1 new case today, total of 450 cases.
- Vacaville added 7 new cases today, total of 1,034 cases.
- Vallejo added 7 new cases today, total of 2,050 cases.
- Unincorporated areas added 1 new case today, total of 20 cases.
Race / Ethnicity
The County report on race / ethnicity includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics. This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate significantly worse outcomes among black and brown Americans. Note that all of this data surely undercounts Latinx Americans, as there is a large group of “Multirace / Others” which likely is composed mostly of Latinex members of our communities.
- Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 9% of cases, 11% of hospitalizations, and 18% of deaths.
- Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 11% of cases, but 18% of hospitalizations, and 22% of deaths.
- Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 31% of cases, 31% of hospitalizations, and 26% of deaths.
- White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 21% of cases, 24% of hospitalizations and 20% of deaths.
The County’s new and improved Coronavirus Dashboard is full of much more information, too extensive to cover here on a daily basis. The Benicia Independent will continue to summarize daily and highlight a report or two. Check out the Dashboard at https://doitgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=055f81e9fe154da5860257e3f2489d67.