Three unvaccinated Solano residents die of recent COVID surge, 30 currently in ICU beds

Solano reports 1st deaths from latest Covid surge, 5 new overall

Fairfield Daily Republic, by Todd R. Hansen, August 18, 2021
A pedestrian wears a face mask to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19, while walking along Travis Boulevard in Fairfield, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — Three Solano County residents have died, at least in part, due to the Covid-19 surge that started shortly after July 4.

Each was unvaccinated, the Solano County Public Health Division reported.

“So these are the first fatalities from this surge . . . and it is hard to imagine there won’t be more,” Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said in a phone interview Monday. “A lot of people have been hospitalized.”

The 129 residents in area hospitals due to Covid-19, as of Monday, is the highest number since the surge began. Thirty of those residents are in intensive care units, representing about half of all ICU patients.

Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County Health Officer

“So hospital impact is significant,” Matyas said.

The most recent of the three fatalities occurred Aug. 2. There was one man who was between 50 and 65; one man was older than 65; and one woman who was older than 65. All lived at home, the county reported.

Prior to these deaths, the most recent fatalities include one in May and one in June.

Two other deaths reported Monday were from last year, taking the pandemic total to 259. Both – one man, one woman – were described as “very elderly,” Matyas said. Each lived at home as well.

Matyas reported that for July, 7% of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus were vaccinated; 7.5% for June and July combined. He said he is still gathering data on the vaccination status for those who have ended up in a hospital, but knows that number will be lower than 7%.

The county reported 250 additional cases since Friday’s update, bringing the county total to 37,914.

Fairfield added 54 cases to take its total to 10,291. Vallejo is at 11,177 cases after 96 new reports. Vacaville added 60 cases to bring its count to 9,900, the county reported.

Suisun City (2,673) added 13 new cases; Dixon (2,114) added 14; Benicia (1,177) added 10; Rio Vista (464) added two; and the total in the unincorporated area of the county climbed to 125 after one new case, the county reported.

The number of active cases in the county was at 838 Monday, down 72 from Friday’s report.

The seven-day positivity rate decreased from 18.9% to 18.6%, the county reported.

The county also reported that 60% of residents who are 12 or older are now fully vaccinated, up from 59% in Friday’s update. The percentage of those who have at least one shot held at 72%.