Solano County reports nearly 500 new infections, over 1,000 active cases, fewer ICU beds available

By Roger Straw, Friday, August 27, 2021

Friday, August 27: Solano reports 471 (!) new infections today, 1,089 active cases, ICU beds becoming scarce.  Benicia indoors masking ordinance is ordered.

Solano County COVID dashboard SUMMARY:
[Sources: see below.]

DEATHS: No new deaths were reported today.  Total Solano deaths over the course of the pandemic remains at 266.

CASES: The County reported  a whopping 471 new COVID over the last 2 days, 236 per day, our highest since February 1. Case numbers show a startling increase in the PERCENTAGE OF YOUNG PERSONS age 0-17, increasing another tenth of a percent to a new high of 13.4% of total cases, the second such jump this week.  The percentage of youth cases increased very slowly over the course of the pandemic, starting below 6%, and very gradually reaching 12% in mid-April of 2021.  CASES-PER DAY TREND (All Age Groups): We are experiencing a dramatic “summer surge” now.  Cases-per-day were trending downward in the Spring, but rose rapidly in July and are skyrocketing here in August:

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 1,089 ACTIVE cases is up from Wednesday’s 904, and alarmingly up from 212 on July 2, and in the range we experienced during the horrific surge last winter.

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  Our 7-day average percent positivity rate was 16.0% today, down a bit from 17.4% Wednesday, but twice the purple tier margin, still almost 4 times today’s California rate of 4.2% and nearly 1.5 times today’s U.S. rate of 11.1%[Source: Johns Hopkins]  WARNING: The Delta Variant is here in Solano County and spreading fast.  Time to mask up again – watch out and take care!  

CURRENT hospitalizations were down slightly today from 147 to 142 persons, but still higher than any time since the winter surge.

ICU Bed Availability was down to a shocking low today of only 11% of ICU beds available today, in the yellow danger zone and nearing red.  We’ve not seen rates this low since January 2021.

Ventilator Availability was down slightly today from 58% to 57%, and also continuing in the range we saw last winter.

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 charts today.  The Age Group chart shows 2 new hospitalizations, 1 age 50-64, and 1 over 65 – a total of 2,086 persons hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak.

The Hospitalizations by Race / Ethnicity chart also shows  2 new hospitalizations today, 1 Asian, and 1 White – a total of 1,954 persons hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak.  Interestingly, the total doesn’t square with the total by age groups.

Face Coverings… Good News in Benicia

GOOD NEWS!  Last week, Benicia City Council passed a citywide indoors mask mandate. The Council heard opposition from Dr. Bela Matyas, and support from Dr. Bonnie Hamilton.  The public spoke almost entirely in favor of a mandate and included a number of medical professionals.  Councilmembers debated on various finer points, and passed the resolution on a 5-0 vote. The mandate went into effect immediately. Everyone 4 years old and up must now wear a mask indoors in public places, even those of us who are vaccinated.  The mask resolution, a press release, and a flyer now appears on the City website.  For those interested in viewing last night’s procedings, the video is posted on the City website, at…. The mask mandate discussion begins around minute 23.

Benicia is the first Solano city to take action despite the County’s lack of strong guidance on masks.  In the Bay Area, Solano County REMAINS the only holdout against even RECOMMENDING masks in public indoors spaces.  Hopefully, Dr. Matyas will learn from Benicia, and make the necessary difficult decisions, but all reports are that he intends not to do so. 

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 Friday, August 27:
  • Benicia added 16 new cases today, a total of 1,240 cases since the outbreak began, 4.5% of its population of 27,570.  Benicia remains in the CDC’s HIGH transmission level with 35 new cases in the last 7 days.
  • Dixon added 29 new cases today, total of 2,223 cases, 11.2% of its population of 19,794.
  • Fairfield added 107 new cases today, total of 10,790 cases, 9.2% of its population of 117,149.
  • Rio Vista added 8 new cases today, total of 496 cases, 5.3% of its population of 9,416.
  • Suisun City added 39 new cases today, total of 2,815 cases, 9.5% of its population of 29,447.
  • Vacaville added 136 new cases today, a total of 10,385 cases, 10.5% its of population of 98,807.
  • Vallejo added 135 new cases today, a total of 11,728 cases, 9.8% of its population of 119,544.
  • Unincorporated added 1 new case today, a total of 123 cases (population figures not available).

HOW DOES TODAY’S REPORT COMPARE?  See recent reports and others going back to April 20, 2020 on my ARCHIVE of daily Solano COVID updates (an excel spreadsheet).

>>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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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.