Solano Public Health says the county is experiencing a wave of Covid winter

FAIRFIELD — Solano County is at the beginning of a winter COVID wave, the Department of Public Health said Wednesday, after the county crossed the threshold of 112,000 cases.

There have been 489 new cases since the last report on November 17, of which 431 were actually from the six-day period, said Dr. Bella Matias, the county’s public health officer, in a phone interview.

That means the average daily cases rose to 71.83, up from 57.7, with the 10-day average rising from 63.8 to 68.6, the county said.

“This shows a continuous increase from last week and the week before,” Matthias said. “My interpretation is that we are seeing the beginning of the surge without the influence just from[Halloween and Veterans Day].”

Dr.. Bella Matias, Solano County Public Health Officer

However, Matthias said, in an interview earlier this week, that his concern is not just about Covid-19, but also the flu and other respiratory illnesses that are typical of winter.

“Our message is for people to be boosted, to get vaccinated and to be vaccinated against influenza,” Matias said.

The county reported that the new cases brought the pandemic total in Solano County to 112,476.

No new deaths were reported, with 441 cases reported, while the number of residents in district hospitals who tested positive for the novel coronavirus rose from 22 to 23. The province reported that the number of patients in intensive care units held at three. .

Matias said he fully expects local hospitals to see an increase in respiratory disease cases during the winter months, including Covid cases.

The province reported the vast majority of new cases in Vallejo, 169, Vacaville, 136, and Fairfield, 115. That brings the total cases in those cities to 34,140, ​​28,261, and 30,452, respectively.

Suisun City (7,872) added 12 new cases; Dixon (5,328) added 12; Benicia (4623) added 26; Rio Vista (1575) added five; The county reported that the unincorporated area of ​​the county held 225 cases.

Matthias previously noted that the number of Covid-19 cases is likely to be much higher with the use of home tests, the results of which are generally not reported to government agencies and in many cases not shared with medical providers if not needed. to medical treatment. He also said that the availability of vaccines and changes in personal behavior have slowed the disease across the Gulf region.

Vaccination rates held steady at 72% for residents 5 years of age or older who were fully vaccinated and 81% for those who received at least one injection. The booster total was revised to 183,356, though the county isn’t sure why the state reduced the number by 763. Mathias said he believes the number likely reflects duplicate reports from different districts.

The age group 6 months to 4 years continues to show a slow and steady rise in vaccinations, reaching 10.8% or 2427 individuals. The county reported the 5-11 age group at 40.1% at 14,884.

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