Solano reports 30 new COVID hospitalizations, over half age 65+ (who are 17% of population)

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By Roger Straw, Thursday, May 5, 2022

Solano County reports 262 new COVID infections and 30 new hospitalizations. (Tap here for hospitalizations.)  Benicia and Solano County continue in HIGH rate of transmission.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Thursday, May 5, 2022:

DEATHS:  Solano reported no new COVID-related deaths in today’s report. Solano has reported 3 deaths so far in May. COMPARE: COVID deaths reported in Solano County this year: 30 in January, 15 in February, 17 in March, 7 in April.  A total of 423 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.

TRANSMISSION RATE: With today’s report, Solano continues to  experience a HIGH rate of transmission, with 618 new cases in the last 7 days (down slightly from 623 at last report).  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 798 ACTIVE cases today, up from 700 at last report.

CASES BY CITY – Thursday, May 5, 2022:

  • BENICIA added 17 new cases today, a total of 3,277 cases since the outbreak began.  TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia has reported 39 new cases in the last 7 days, continuing in the CDC’s HIGH rate of transmissionFor 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 5 new cases today, total of 4,400 cases.
  • Fairfield added 65 new cases today, total of 23,139 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 3 new cases today, total of 1,205 cases.
  • Suisun City added 21 new cases today, total of 6,081 cases.
  • Vacaville added 65 new cases today, a total of 21,990 cases.
  • Vallejo added 86 new cases today, a total of 26,114 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 201 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE was 12% today, up from 11% at last report.
>> Solano Public Health announced that beginning on May 16, it will no longer report numbers of residents tested and the County’s 7-day positive test rate.  >>With so many home-tests, I agree that these numbers are no longer reliable, but they do give the public helpful information when compared to similar numbers for the state and nation.  COMPARE: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was (unavailable) today, 2.2% at last report.  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]. The U.S. 7-day % positive rate was 8.7%. today, up from 7.3% at last report. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 


CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID fell today from 16 persons at last report to 9.   Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though.  Only from the increase in total hospitalizations by age and race (below) can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.

TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano County’s recent and total hospitalizations must be independently discovered in the County’s occasional update of hospitalizations by Age Group and by Race/Ethnicity.  Solano updated its Age and Race charts today, adding 30 previously unreported hospitalizations, for a pandemic total of 4,420.  Note below that over half of these new hospitalizations are age 65+, a group that is only 17% of total Solano population. TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, 644 in March, and 53 in April, and these 30 so far in May.  (NOTE: The County often updates age/race hospitalization data long after the fact, which probably accounts for the huge increase reported in March.  Also note that the County’s hospitalization numbers for Race/Ethnicity are less accurate, but presented here to show relative percentages.)

ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported available hospital beds rose today, from 35% at last report to 56% today, within the County’s GREEN safe zone.

Ventilator Availability in Solano County fell today from 84% to 78% 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.