Covid cases trending down, approaching omicron’s baseline

FAIRFIELD — The Covid-19 illness rate is dropping to the point that Solano County health officials hope it will hit baseline omicron levels in the coming weeks.

A peak of nearly 1,200 cases per day now stands at 378 per day according to the latest update released Monday by the Public Health Division.

“It’s still going down,” Dr. Bela Matyas, the county’s public health officer, said in a phone interview Monday. “We continue to see a reduction in reported cases.”

Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County Public Health Officer

Matyas said the same downward trend appears in hospital data, with Monday’s report showing 131 residents hospitalized with the disease, and 26 of those patients in intensive care units. That’s down from 154 in hospitals on Friday, with 33 in ICUs.

“It also looks like a real trend,” Matyas said.

The Solano County Public Health Division officially recorded six new Covid-related deaths on Monday — three previously reported — as the number of cases rose by 1,755 over the weekend.

The death toll is 381.

The three most recent reports were in people 65 or older, including a woman living in a long-term care facility who was vaccinated; a man who lived in a long-term care facility and was unvaccinated; and a man living at home who was vaccinated, Matyas reported.

The two people living in care facilities were in hospice.

“They were all very old and very sick,” Matyas said.

The county reported that the total number of pandemic cases is 72,098. However, of the 1,755 new cases, only 1,135 were from the past three days.

Active cases rose from Friday’s report of 5,404 to 4,510, bringing the daily 10-day case average down to 451.

Madison Kim, right, gives Liliana Lawson, 9, a Covid-19 shot at the Sullivan Interagency Youth Services Center in Fairfield, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Vacaville had the most new cases Monday with 532, bringing the city’s total to 17,822. Vallejo added 521 cases for a new tally of 22,781. Fairfield was at 18,690 after 393 cases, the county reported.

Suisun City (4,964) added 121 cases; Dixon (3,880) added 102; Benicia (2,804) added 63; Rio Vista (975) added 24; and the only new case in the county’s unincorporated area brought that area’s total to 182 cases, the county reported.

Vaccination rates showed no significant change with 80.4% of residents 5 years of age or older having received at least one injection and 70.5% being fully vaccinated. There were 132,172 booster shots given and 11,190 children between the ages of 5 and 11 received an injection, the county reported.

The seven-day positivity test rate was 30%, the same as Friday, the county reported.

Matyas also reported that there was no indication of the second omicron variant in the county, but it appears that the new variant is not taking over as the dominant strain, but rather coexists with the existing strain.

Solano County does not release case updates on Tuesdays. The next update is scheduled for late Wednesday afternoon.

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