Solano County hospitalizations on steep upward curve, now at 127 persons

By Roger Straw, Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wednesday, August 11: Over the last 2 days, Solano County reports 294 new infections, current hospitalizations rising dramatically.

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

DEATHS: Solano County reported no new deaths today, the total remaining at 254 COVID deaths since the pandemic began.  (Updated details on yesterday’s 5 new deaths here.)

CASES: The County reported  294 new COVID cases just since Monday, 147 per day!  CASES-PER DAY TREND: We are clearly experiencing a dramatic “summer surge” in cases.  Cases-per-day were trending downward in the Spring, but rose rapidly in July and are extremely high in early August:

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 754 ACTIVE cases is up from Monday’s 626, and nearing our remarkable high the previous Friday of 972.  Active cases are up alarmingly from 212 on July 2, and higher than anything since last February’s surge.

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  INCREDIBLY HIGH – much higher than US & California!  Our 7-day average percent positivity rate was up again today from a 16.2% Monday to 17.8% today, more than double the purple tier margin, and 3 times California’s rate and nearly 1½ times the U.S. rateCOMPARE: The California  rate fell slightly today to 5.1% and today’s U.S. rose to 11.3%.  [Source: Johns Hopkins]   WARNING: The Delta Variant is among us and spreading fast.  Time to mask up again – watch out and take care!  
Hospitalizations up again today

CURRENT hospitalizations today rose from 101 to 127 persons, higher than anytime since February 1, 2021.  This chart shows the steep curve in current hospitalizations:

ICU Beds Available are back in the yellow danger zone today, falling from 34% to 30%.

Ventilators Available rose today from 66% to 74%.

TOTAL Hospitalized The County’s Monday-Friday dashboard shows an intake/discharge total of CURRENTLY hospitalized cases (above), but never reports 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 updated its Hospitalizations by Age Group chart today.  The County reported 6 new hospitalizations today, (1 fewer age 50-64), and 7 additional persons age 65+. Percentages remain the same.  The Age Group chart shows a total of 2,041 persons hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak., in the following age groups:

Age Group Hospitalizations % of Total
0-17 36 2%
18-49 582 29%
50-64 544 27%
65+ 879 43%
TOTAL 2,041 100%

Hospitalizations are also recorded on the County’s demographic chart labeled “Hospitalizations by Race / Ethnicity.”  The chart was updated today, adding 6 persons: 1 Black, 3 Hispanic, and 2 White.  Here are the current numbers.  Interestingly, the total doesn’t square with the total by age groups.

Race / Ethnicity Hospitalizations % of Total
Asians 323 17%
Black / African American 332 17%
Hispanic / Latinx 552 29%
White 624 33%
Multirace / Others 84 4%
TOTAL 1,915 100%
Face Coverings…

See California’s recent Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.  The 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 cities and 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 – and soon!

STUDY SHOWS HIGHER RATE OF “BREAKTHROUGH” CASES AMONG THE VACCINATED  – About wearing masks again, Social Distancing & Vaccination…

We heard seriously shocking news on July 29 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. vaccinated people can spread the more transmissible variant and may be a factor in the summer surge of infections.” 

This is HUGE!  We were just beginning to associate more freely with fully vaccinated friends and family, and now we understand that some among us may be asymptomatic and unknowingly transmitting the virus, 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!  Please mask indoors in public now, and maybe even indoors with vaccinated family and friends!  And PLEASE talk to anyone you know who isn’t vaccinated.  This thing ain’t over yet!

Cases by City on Wednesday, August 11:
  • Benicia added 12 new cases today, a total of 1,153 cases since the outbreak began, 4.2% of its population of 27,570.
  • Dixon added 13 new cases today, total of 2,087 cases, 10.5% of its population of 19,794.
  • Fairfield added 80 new cases today, total of 10,134 cases, 8.7% of its population of 117,149.
  • Rio Vista added 8 new cases today, total of 458 cases, 4.9% of its population of 9,416.
  • Suisun City added 18 new cases today, total of 2,641 cases, 9.0% of its population of 29,447.
  • Vacaville added 69 new cases today, a total of 9,764 cases, 9.9% its of population of 98,807.
  • Vallejo added 94 new cases today, a total of 10,997 cases, 9.2% of its population of 119,544.
  • Unincorporated remained steady today, a total of 116 cases (population figures not available).

COMPARE: From the most recent report on Solano County’s COVID Dashboard, Monday, August 9:

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.