Solano County reports 110 new infections over the weekend, 86 of them under age 50

[NOTES: For June-July comparison, see City Data below (purple text).  Note that Solano County publishes a DAILY update, and displays past weeks and months in epidemic curve charts.  However, the curve charts do not display an accurate number of cases for the most recent days, as there is a lag time in receiving test results.  This methodology is accurate in a way, but it misleads the public by consistently displaying a recent downward curve which is often corrected upward on a later date. For a complete archive of day by day data, see my Excel ARCHIVE – R.S.]

Monday, August 3: 110 new cases today, no new deaths.  Since the outbreak started: 3,721 cases, 37 deaths.

Compare previous report, Friday July 31:Summary

  • Solano County reported 110 new cases over the weekend and today, total of 3,721 cases since the outbreak started.  Over the last 7 days, Solano reported 438 new cases, an average of 63 per day.
  • Deaths – no new deaths today, total of 37 deaths.
  • Active cases – Solano reported 57 fewer ACTIVE cases today, total of 183.  On July 16, Solano hit a record high of 440 active cases.  Note that only 44 of these 187 people are hospitalized, so there are a lot of infected folks out among us, hopefully quarantined.  One wonders… is the County equipped to contact trace so many infected persons?  (See SF Chronicle report on contact tracing in Bay Area – “Solano County did not respond”.)
  • Hospitalizations4 more  currently hospitalized persons today, total of 44.  1 more in the total number hospitalized since the outbreak started, 164.  (The County no longer reports Total Hospitalized, but I have added the hospitalization numbers in the Age Group chart.)  Again this week, the County offers no information about availability of ICU beds and ventilators.
  • Testing 927 residents were tested over the weekend and  today, total of 53,484.  But we still have a long way to go: only 11.9% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.

Percent Positive Test Rate

Solano County reported today’s 7-day percent positive test rate is down from 5.8% on Friday to 5.3% today.  (The chart may be misleading – see NOTE at top of this page.)  The County posted a high of 9.3% on July 22.  CONTEXT: California’s 7-day positivity rate is reported to have dropped today from 7% to 6.1%.  Increasingly, health officials and news reports are focusing on percent positive test rates.  This information is immediately important, as test positivity is one of the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus.  Positive test rates in California and other southwestern states have been on the rise.

By Age Group

  • Youth 17 and under – 16 new cases over the weekend and today, total of 370 cases. No new hospitalizations, only 2 hospitalizations since the outbreak began.  2 weeks ago, there were 269 cases among this age group – we’ve seen 101 new cases in just 14 days.  These weekend numbers cause me to continue to raise an alarm for Solano’s youth.  Cases among Solano youth have increased to 10% of the 3,721 total confirmed cases.
  • Persons 18-49 years of age – 70 new cases today, total of 2,289 cases.  This age group is 41% of the County population, but represents over 61% of the 3,721 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups.  Good news is that the County reported no new hospitalizations in this age group today, total of 45 hospitalized since the outbreak began, and no new deaths among this age group, total of 3 deaths.  This young age group is no doubt active, out among us, and spreading the virus!
  • Persons 50-64 years of age – 17 new cases today, total of 700 cases.  This age group represents just under 19% of the 3,721 total cases.  The County reported no new hospitalizations in this age group today, total of 51 hospitalized since the outbreak began, and no new deaths among this age group, total of 4 deaths.
  • Persons 65 years or older – 7 new cases today, total of 361 cases.  This age group represents nearly 10% of the 3,721 total cases. 1 new hospitalization, total of 66 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  No new deaths, total of 30.  In this older age group, over 18% of cases required hospitalization at one time, a substantially higher percentage than in the lower age groups.  This group accounts for 30 of the 37 deaths, or 81%.

City Data (with June-July comparison)

  • Benicia added 1 new case today, total of 83 cases.  Benicia was extremely stable in the month of June, adding only 3 new cases, but added 55 new cases in July.
  • Dixon added 5 new cases today, total of 197 cases.  Dixon added 40 new cases in June, 122 new cases in July.
  • Fairfield added 38 new cases today, total of 1,225.  Fairfield added 314 new cases in June, new 724 cases in July.
  • Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 27 cases.  Rio Vista had less than 10 cases throughout June, jumped to 14 cases on July 1 and added 12 new cases in July.
  • Suisun City added 11 new cases today, total of 284 cases.  Suisun City added 51 new cases in June, 184 new cases in July.
  • Vacaville added 13 new cases today, total of 632 cases.  Vacaville added 127 new cases in June, 419 new cases in July.
  • Vallejo added 41 new cases today, total of 1,261 cases.  Vallejo has added 185 cases in the last 7 days – a major outbreak?  Vallejo replaced Fairfield this week with more positive cases than anywhere in Solano County.  Vallejo added 199 new cases in June, 686 new cases in July.
  • Unincorporated areas – Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 12 cases.  Unincorporated areas had less than 10 cases for most of June, began July with 6 cases and added 6 new cases during July.

Race / Ethnicity

The County report on race / ethnicity includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics.  There are also tabs showing a calculated rate per 100,000 by race/ethnicity for each of these boxes.  This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans.  As of today:

  • White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 21% of cases, 25% of hospitalizations and 27% of deaths.
  • Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 22% of hospitalizations, and 30% of deaths.
  • Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 30% of cases, 32% of hospitalizations, and 24% of deaths.
  • Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 9% of cases and 12% of hospitalizations, but 15% of deaths.

Much more…

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