Solano County reporting large number of COVID hospitalizations, Benicia sees zero new cases

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By Roger Straw, Thursday, March 24, 2022

Solano County’s Monday report: 91 new COVID infections, 46 hospitalizations and 1 new death.  Reports of hospitalizations up dramatically this week.  Fifteen deaths reported in February, seventeen so far in March.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Thursday, March 24, 2022:

DEATHS:  Solano reported 1 new COVID-related death in today’s report, someone age 50-64.  Fifteen new deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age.  So far in March, 17 County residents were reported to have died with COVID.  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 dipped for the first time since July 9, 2021 into the desired MODERATE transmission rate.  Solano has seen 211 new cases in the last 7 days, just barely under the CDC’s SUBSTANTIAL rateCDC 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.  We need to drop below 225 cases in 7 days to show MODERATE community transmission.  Numbers between 225 and 450 are considered SUBSTANTIAL transmission.

ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 251 ACTIVE cases today, up from 215 at last report.

CASES BY CITY – Thursday, March 24:

  • BENICIA added 0 new cases today! This was Benicia’s first report of no increase in cases since June 30, 2021. Benicia has seen a total of 3,118 cases since the outbreak began.  That’s over 11% of Benicia’s total population.  TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count dipped into the MODERATE range last Monday and rose slightly to 15 on Thursday, but fell again this week to only 10 on Monday and only 5 today, firmly back into the highly desirable MODERATE rate of transmission.  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. (See chart below.)

  • Dixon added 3 more cases today, total of 4,333 cases.
  • Fairfield added 33 new cases today, total of 22,606 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 2 new cases today, total of 1,189 cases.
  • Suisun City added 10 new cases today, total of 5,934 cases.
  • Vacaville added 18 new cases today, a total of 21,573 cases.
  • Vallejo added 25 new cases today, a total of 25,449 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 199 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE fell dramatically in March, and remains at only 4% today. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate remained at only 1.7% today.  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] and the U.S. 7-day % positive rate remained at only 2.2%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 


CURRENT: The number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County rose today from 7 persons to 10Current 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 played “catch-up” in its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts for the second day in a row today, adding 46 new hospitalizations. These 46, on top of Monday’s addition of 35, (only some of which are new this week), give us a March total of 157 newly reported hospitalizations.  Compare: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January and 184 in February.   Solano’s pandemic total of hospitalizations is now 3,850(The County’s hospitalization numbers for Race/Ethnicity is less accurate, but presented here to show relative percentages.)

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County dropped today from 49% to 40%, still in the County’s GREEN safe zone .

Ventilator Availability in Solano County rose today from 67% available to 71% 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).

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>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.