Solano reports another 3 deaths and a remarkable increase in COVID case numbers

By Roger Straw, Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wednesday, September 1: Solano reports 1,044 new infections, 3 more deaths, soaring community transmission levels.

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

DEATHS: 3 new deaths were reported today, 14 in the last two weeks. Today’s deaths included one of us age 50-64 and two 65+.  Today’s deaths included two Latinx persons and one White person.  Total Solano deaths over the course of the pandemic rose to 273.

CASES: The County reported  a whopping 1,044 new COVID cases in the last two days, 522 per day, our highest since January 25.

7-DAY CASE RATE: Over the last 7 days, Solano has seen 2,192 new cases, substantially over the CDC’s level for “High Community Transmission”.  Based on Solano County population of 449,432, the CDC would rate us in “Substantial” transmission with only 225 cases over the last 7 days.  Double that, or 450 cases in the last 7 days would rank us in “High” transmission.  Solano County’s 2,192 cases is NEARLY FIVE TIMES the CDC’s High rate of transmission!

YOUTH CASES: Case numbers also show a startling increase in the percentage of new cases among young persons age 0-17, increasing another two tenths of a percent to a new high of 13.7% of total cases.  That doesn’t sound like much until you consider that the percentage of youth cases increased very, very slowly over the course of the pandemic, starting below 6%, and only gradually reaching 12% in mid-April of 2021.  The percent of youth has jumped a full 0.7% since mid-August.

ACTIVE CASES: Solano’s 1,056 ACTIVE cases is down from Monday’s 1,097, but alarmingly up from 212 on July 2, and in the range we experienced during the deadly surge last winter.

POSITIVE TEST RATE:  Our 7-day average percent positivity rate was 13.8% today, down from 14.5% on Monday, but still well over the purple tier margin, nearly 4 times today’s California rate of 3.6% and over 1.25 times today’s U.S. rate of 10.8%[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 today from 143 to 127 persons, and still in the range we saw during the winter surge.

ICU Bed Availability was still shockingly low today at only 16% of ICU beds available, in the yellow danger zone.  This was up only slightly from Monday’s 13%.  We’ve not seen rates this low since January 2021.

Ventilator Availability was down today from 60% to 51%, and also continuing in the range we saw last winter.

TOTAL hospitalizations  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.  See the Age Group chart and the Race / Ethnicity chart below.  Interestingly, the total doesn’t square with the total by age groups.

FACE MASKS… 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, press release, and a flyer now appear on the City website.  For those interested in reviewing the Benicia City Council procedings of August 24, 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 places now, and maybe even indoors in crowded gatherings at home with vaccinated family and friends!  PLEASE talk to anyone you know who isn’t vaccinated.  This thing ain’t over yet!

Cases by City on Wednesday, September 1:
  • Benicia added 43 new cases today, a total of 1,319 cases since the outbreak began.  Benicia is more than 3 times the CDC’s definition of HIGH community transmission level.  For details see Benicia far exceeding CDC’s measure of HIGH TRANSMISSION of COVID-19.  [Note that Solano County itself is rated in high transmission, and Solano’s 6 other cities are likely also individually experiencing high transmission.  The BenIndy does not have time to do all of their calculations just now.  Stay tuned.]
  • Dixon added 48 new cases today, total of 2,310 cases.
  • Fairfield added 270 new cases today, total of 11,226 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 13 new cases today, total of 518 cases.
  • Suisun City added 51 new cases today, total of 2,921 cases.
  • Vacaville added 322 new cases today, a total of 10,892 cases.
  • Vallejo added 294 new cases today, a total of 12,204 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 3 new cases today, a total of 131 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 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 “Summary, Demographics” and “Vaccines.”  Click here to go to today’s Solano County Dashboard.