Solano’s Monday COVID update: Deaths reported in March already exceed total reported in February

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By Roger Straw, Monday, March 21, 2022

Solano County’s Monday report: 120 new COVID infections, 35 hospitalizations and 2 new deaths.  Fifteen deaths reported in February, sixteen already just 21 days into March.

Solano Public Health COVID dashboard, Monday, March 21, 2022:

DEATHS:  Solano reported 2 new COVID-related deaths in today’s report, one age 50-64 and one age 65+.  Fifteen new deaths were reported in February, ALL over 65 years of age.  So far in March, 16 County residents were reported to have died with COVID.  A total of 412 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 just barely in the SUBSTANTIAL transmission rate with 231 new cases in the last 7 days.  Less than 225 new cases over 7 days would move the County into the MODERATE rate for the first time since July 9, 2021.  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.  We would need to drop below 225 cases in 7 days to show MODERATE community transmission.

>ACTIVE CASES: Solano reported 215 ACTIVE cases today, down significantly from 306 at last report, and our lowest numbers since July 6, 2021.

CASES BY CITY – Monday, March 21:

  • BENICIA added 5 new cases today, a total of 3,118 cases since the outbreak began.  That’s over 11% of Benicia’s total population.  TRANSMISSION RATE: Benicia’s 7-day case count dipped into the MODERATE range last Monday and rose slightly to 15 on Thursday, but fell again today to only 10, back into the highly desirable MODERATE rate of transmission.  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. (See chart below.)

  • Dixon added 8 more cases today, total of 4,330 cases.
  • Fairfield added 32 new cases today, total of 22,573 cases.
  • Rio Vista added 2 new cases today, total of 1,187 cases.
  • Suisun City added 26 new cases today, total of 5,924 cases.
  • Vacaville added 15 new cases today, a total of 21,555 cases.
  • Vallejo added 32 new cases today, a total of 25,424 cases.
  • Unincorporated added 0 new cases today, a total of 199 cases.

TEST RATE:  Solano County’s 7-Day Percent Positive TEST RATE fell dramatically in March, and remains at only 4% today. Even at this lower rate, SOLANO DOES NOT COMPARE FAVORABLY: The CALIFORNIA 7-day % positive rate remained at only 1.3% today.  [Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Center] and the U.S. 7-day % positive rate was up slightly today from 2.2% to 2.4%. [Source: CDC COVID Data Tracker.] 


CURRENT: Good news: the number of those currently hospitalized with COVID in Solano County fell today from 13 persons to only 7 personsCurrent 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 played “catch-up” in its Age Group and Race/Ethnicity charts today, adding 35 new hospitalizations, (only some of which are new this week), for a pandemic total of 3,804(The County’s hospitalization numbers for Race/Ethnicity is less accurate, but presented here to show relative percentages.)

ICU Bed Availability in Solano County increased slightly today from 46% to 49%, in the County’s GREEN safe zone .

Ventilator Availability in Solano County fell dramatically today from 80% available to only 67% available, but still 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.