Solano County reports 68 new COVID infections and a significant drop in ICU bed availability

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By Roger Straw, Monday, April 4, 2022

Solano County’s Monday report: 68 new COVID infections, ICU beds drop to only 28% available.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, April 4, 2022:

DEATHS:  Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths in today’s report.  No deaths reported so far in April.  COMPARE: 17 COVID deaths were reported in March, 15 in February.  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 remained in the desired MODERATE transmission rate. with 175 new cases in the last 7 days.  CDC 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.  Below 225 cases in 7 days shows MODERATE community transmission.  Numbers between 225 and 450 are considered SUBSTANTIAL transmission.

ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 177 ACTIVE cases today, down from 229 at last report.

CASES BY CITY – Monday, April 4, 2022:

  • BENICIA added 3 new cases today, total of 3,138 cases since the outbreak began.  TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count is 11 as of today’s report, back down into the CDC’s MODERATE range.  Benicia has bounced between MODERATE and SUBSTANTIAL range from mid-March until today’s report.  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.
  • Dixon added 2 more cases today, total of 4,346 cases.
  • Fairfield added 15 new cases today, total of 22,667 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 0 new case today, total of 1,191 cases.
  • Suisun City added 3 new cases today, total of 5,951 cases.
  • Vacaville added 22 new cases today, a total of 21,650 cases.
  • Vallejo added 21 new cases today, a total of 25,520 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 reached a new low today, at only 3%. Even at good low rate, Solano does not compare favorably: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate rose a bit to 1.2% today,  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] and the U.S. 7-day % positive rate was also up a bit today from 2.3% to 2.8%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 


CURRENT: The number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 7 persons to only 5Current 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 Public Health did not update its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today.  TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, and (without explanation) 644 in March.   Solano’s pandemic total of hospitalizations is now 4,337.

ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported its third consecutive substantial drop in available hospital beds today, falling from 46% a week ago to 33% last Thursday, to only 28%, today, landing in the County’s YELLOW danger zone for the first time since March 2.

Ventilator Availability in Solano County remained steady today at 73% 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.