Solano COVID report: 2 new deaths, County approaching 5,000 cases

[For a complete archive of day by day data, see my Excel ARCHIVE – R.S.]

Tuesday, August 18: 114 new cases today, 3 new deathsSince the outbreak started: 4,871 cases, 43 deaths.
Compare previous report, Monday August 17:Summary

  • Solano County reported 114 new cases today, total of 4,871 cases since the outbreak started.  Over the last 2 weeks, Solano reported 1,065 new cases, an average of 76 per day.  At this rate, we will have seen over 5,000 cases by the week’s end.
  • Deaths – 2 new deaths today, total of 43 deaths.  One deceased person was in the age range 50-64, and the other was in the 65 and over range.
  • Active cases – Solano reported 30 additional ACTIVE cases today, total of 335.  Note that only 39 of these 335 people are hospitalized, so there are a lot of infected folks out among us, hopefully quarantined.  I’ve been wondering for several weeks now… is the County equipped to contact trace so many infected persons?  Who will research this?  (See SF Chronicle report on contact tracing in Bay Area – “Solano County did not respond”.)
  • Hospitalizations – the number of currently hospitalized persons increased by 1 today, total of 39.  The total number hospitalized since the outbreak started also increased by 1, total of 275.  (Note that the County no longer reports Total Hospitalized, but we can add the new hospitalization numbers in the Age Group report – see below.)  For a fourth week now, the County offers no information about availability of ICU beds and ventilators.
  • Testing – The County reports today that 989 more residents were tested, new total of 66,429.  We still have a long way to go: only 14.8% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.

Percent Positive Test Rate

Solano County reported today’s 7-day percent positive test rate fell slightly today, from 6.9% to 6.3%, reversing its steady rise over the last 6 days, from 4.1% last Tuesday.  (Note that Solano County displays past weeks and months in a 7-day test positivity curve chart which also shows daily results.  However, the chart does not display an accurate number of cases for the most recent days, as there is a lag time in receiving test results.  The 7-day curve also lags behind current unknown results.)  The County posted a 7-day test rate high of 9.3% on July 22.  Health officials and news reports focus on percent positive test rates as one of the best metrics for measuring the spread of the virus.  The California 7-day rate was reported today at 6.8%.

By Age Group

  • Youth 17 and under – 14 new cases today, total of 506 cases.  No new hospitalizations among this age group, a total of 5 hospitalizations since the outbreak began, but notably, 3 in this past week.  Thankfully, no deathsIt is clear that our young people are catching the disease, with a recent increase in hospitalizations.  It seems too many youth are ignoring public health orders.  Cases among Solano youth are 10.3% of the 4,871 total confirmed cases.
  • Persons 18-49 years of age – 67 (!) new cases today, total of 2,972 cases, including 315 new cases in the last week!  This age group is 41% of the population in Solano, but represents over 61% of the 4,871 total cases, by far the highest percentage of all age groups.  The County reported no new hospitalizations in this age group today, total of 87 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  No new deaths among this age group, total of 3 deaths.  This young to middle age group is very active.  Some are surely ignoring public health orders, and many are providing essential services among us.  I expect his group is a major factor in the spread of the virus.
  • Persons 50-64 years of age – 19 new cases today, total of 930 cases.  This age group represents 19% of the 4,871 total cases.  The County reported 1 new hospitalization in this age group today, total of 77 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  1 new death among this age group, total of 5 deaths.
  • Persons 65 years or older – only 4 new cases today, total of 462 cases.  This age group represents 9.5% of the 4,871 total cases.  No new hospitalizations today, total of 106 hospitalized since the outbreak began.  In this older age group, over 23% of cases required hospitalization at one time, up from 17% last Friday.  This is a much higher percentage than in the lower age groups1 new death in this age group today, total of 35.  This group accounts for 35 of the 43 deaths, or 81%.

City Data

  • Benicia remained steady today, total of 115 cases since the outbreak began.
  • Dixon added 13 new cases today, total of 333 cases.
  • Fairfield added 30 new cases today, total of 1,536.
  • Rio Vista remained steady today,, total of 36 cases.
  • Suisun City added 9 new cases today, total of 356 cases.
  • Vacaville added 18 new cases today, total of 827 cases.
  • Vallejo added 34 new cases today, total of 1,652 cases.
  • Unincorporated areas – Unincorporated areas remained steady today, total of 16 cases.

Race / Ethnicity

The County report on race / ethnicity includes case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and Solano population statistics.  There are also tabs showing a calculated rate per 100,000 by race/ethnicity for each of these boxes.  This information is discouragingly similar to national reports that indicate worse outcomes among black and brown Americans.  As of today:

  • White Americans are 39% of the population in Solano County, but only account for 22% of cases, 22% of hospitalizations and 23% of deaths.
  • Black Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 13% of cases, but 19% of hospitalizations, and 26% of deaths.
  • Latinx Americans are 26% of Solano’s population, but account for 25% of cases, 32% of hospitalizations, and 26% of deaths.
  • Asian Americans are 14% of Solano’s population, and account for 9% of cases and 11% of hospitalizations, but 18% of deaths.

Much more…

The County’s new and improved Coronavirus Dashboard is full of much more information, too extensive to cover here on a daily basis.  The Benicia Independent will continue to summarize daily and highlight a report or two.  Check out the Dashboard at