Solano County: winter surge worse than we thought – as many as 35 more COVID deaths than previously reported

By Roger Straw, Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Solano County reports 60 new infections today!  Stay safe, and remember: People with mild COVID can have long-term health problems

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

Solano County reported 60 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 19 days of May, Solano reported 609 new cases, an average of 32 per day (up from an average of 30 yesterday).  

ADJUSTING OUR DEATH COUNT – The County reported no new deaths today.  However, Solano County Public Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas disclosed to the Fairfield Daily Republic that this week’s 13 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.”  Dr. Matyas has in the past performed “occasional updates” on previously unreported hospitalizations.  Now we must add COVID deaths to that practice, understanding that our winter surge was even worse than we thought.  Our hearts go out belatedly to all of these, and their families and friends.

We learned of no new hospitalizations today.  Solano’s Active cases are now at 200.  Our percent positivity rate rose today from yesterday’s 5.8% to 6.5%.

>> 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 Wednesday, May 19:

  • Benicia added 2 new cases today, total of 986 cases since the outbreak began.
  • Dixon added 1 new case today, total of 1,909 cases.
  • Fairfield added 20 new cases today, total of 9,005 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 2 new cases today, total of 372 cases.
  • Suisun City added 6 new cases today, total of 2,270 cases.
  • Vacaville added 15 new cases today, total of 8,632 cases.
  • Vallejo added 14 new cases today, total of 9,809 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 103 cases.

COMPARE: Screenshots from Solano County COVID Dashboard on Tuesday, May 18:

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.