By Roger Straw, Monday, April 18, 2022
Solano County reports 128 new COVID infections, 3 new deaths.
Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, April 18:
DEATHS: Solano reported 3 new COVID-related death in today’s report, all age 65+. 4 deaths reported so far in April. COMPARE: 15 COVID deaths were reported in February, 17 in March. A total of 417 Solano residents have now died of COVID or COVID-related causes over the course of the pandemic.
TRANSMISSION RATE: With today’s report, Solano remained in a SUBSTANTIAL rate of transmission, with 250 new cases in the last 7 days (up slightly from 246 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 257 ACTIVE cases today, down from 302 at last report.
CASES BY CITY – Monday, April 18, 2022:
- BENICIA added 12 new cases today, total of 3,170 cases since the outbreak began. TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count is 15 as of today’s report, jumping back up into the CDC’s SUBSTANTIAL range. Benicia has bounced between MODERATE and SUBSTANTIAL range since mid-March. For 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 3 new cases today, total of 4,353 cases.
- Fairfield added 31 new cases today, total of 22,805 cases.
- Rio Vista added 0 new cases today, total of 1,191 cases.
- Suisun City added 14 new cases today, total of 5,983 cases.
- Vacaville added 29 new cases today, a total of 21,753 cases.
- Vallejo added 39 new cases today, a total of 25,671 cases.
- Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 199 cases.
TEST RATE: Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE was 5% today, unchanged since last report. Even at this low rate, Solano does not compare favorably to the rest of California: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate was 1.8% today [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center]. The U.S. 7-day % positive rate is up sharply today from 4.1% to 5.3%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.]
CURRENT: Solano reported the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in the County fell today from 4 persons to only 2. Current hospitalizations don’t tell the whole story, though, as this number reflects both admissions and discharges. Only from the increase in total hospitalizations (below) can we know how many new admissions have come into our hospitals as of this date.TOTAL hospitalizations: Solano adjusted its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today, inexplicably removing one person age 65+ from County hospitalization records for a pandemic total of 4,354. TREND: Solano reported 284 hospitalizations in January, 184 in February, and (without explanation) 644 in March. Only 17 so far in April, but the County often post-dates hospitalizations.
ICU Bed Availability Solano County reported available hospital beds dropped sharply today, from 57% at last report to only 43% today, but still in the County’s GREEN safe zone.
Ventilator Availability in Solano County was down today from 70% to 68% 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).
>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.