Solano County reviewing old records, adding to last winter’s COVID case count and death count

By Roger Straw, Thursday, May 20, 2021

Solano County reports 25 new infections today, and 4 additional COVID deaths.  Stay safe, and remember: People with mild COVID can have long-term health problems

Solano County COVID report on Thursday, May 20.
[Source: see far below.  See also my ARCHIVE spreadsheet of daily Solano COVID updates.]
Solano County COVID-19 Dashboard – SUMMARY:

Solano County reported 25 new COVID cases today.  Reports are that our red-tier Solano County will not be joining all other Bay Area counties opening in less restrictive tiers anytime soon.  We saw 1,288 new cases in April, an average of 43 per day.  In the first 20 days of THIS MONTH of May, Solano reported 634 new cases, an average of 32 per day.  

ADJUSTING OUR DEATH COUNTThe County reported 4 additional deaths today, one aged 50-64 and 3 of our elders 65+.  Solano County Public Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas disclosed to the Fairfield Daily Republic yesterday that the first 13 of this week’s newly reported deaths occurred in January and February, with more such “catch-up” reports to come.  “Matyas said he expects the number [of deaths] to rise another 20 to 25 as patient records are reviewed.”  Today’s 4 new deaths are likely also from January-February.  We will likely find out in tomorrow’s Fairfield Daily Republic.

ADJUSTING OUR CASE COUNT – The Fairfield Daily Republic reported today that Dr. Matyas has also identified “the majority” of yesterday’s big increase of 60 “new” cases as an adjustment, adding cases diagnosed in January and February but previously unreported.  One might ask why these cases were not reported in a timely fashion.  And one might wonder whether we can trust today’s reporting….

Dr. Matyas has in the past performed “occasional updates” on previously unreported hospitalizations.  Now we must add COVID deaths and COVID cases to that practice.  We are learning this week that our winter surge was even worse than we thought.  Our hearts go out belatedly to all of these, and their families and friends.

Solano’s Active cases are now at 210, up 10 from yesterday’s 200.  Our percent positivity rate fell today from yesterday’s 6.5% to 5.6%.

>> The virus is still active here.  Stay safe, get vaccinated, wear a mask and social distance!  We will get through this together.

Cases by City on Thursday, May 20:

  • Benicia added 2 new cases today, total of 988 cases since the outbreak began.
  • Dixon added 1 new case today, total of 1,910 cases.
  • Fairfield added 6 new cases today, total of 9,011 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 1 new case today, total of 373 cases.
  • Suisun City added 3 new cases today, total of 2,273 cases.
  • Vacaville added 7 new cases today, total of 8,639 cases.
  • Vallejo added 5 new cases today, total of 9,814 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 103 cases.

COMPARE: Screenshots from Solano County COVID Dashboard on Wednesday, May 19:

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.