When many people think of the Fourth of July, they think of red, white, and blue. Thankfully, they won’t even be seeing purple.
Despite the number of COVID-19 cases doubling since July 4, the Solano County Health Department said no rules were yet being changed on whether masks should be worn for indoor events. It comes as a relief to some, as the county would be in the least restrictive purple tier if it were still following the old tier system used before the state reopened in early June.
There have been 34,761 cases in the county as of Wednesday afternoon, and its death toll has stood at 245 for nearly two weeks. However, this week the 7-day positivity rate has increased to 11.9. It was at 10.2 a week ago and 13.2 two weeks ago.
While some nearby counties such as Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Santa Clara have recommended wearing masks more indoors because of the Delta variant, Solano County health officials such as Jaylyn Richards said cases The reason for the spike doesn’t come from the edition, but instead the recent 4th of July holiday.
“Solano Public Health will continue to follow guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Richards said. “At this point of time, both agencies are not recommending a tiered system or asking vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. We will continue to follow the guidance provided by these agencies.”
According to Richards, Solano was seeing 15 tp 20 cases a day before the 4th of July holiday. Between July 7 and July 20, the average daily cases increased to 46 per day. Most of these cases are due to vacation.
“The number of cases in Solano County and throughout the state and country is disproportionately affecting people who have not been vaccinated,” Richards said. “In Solano County, the unvaccinated youth population tends to be unvaccinated. In Solano County, more than 85 percent of residents aged 65–74 are vaccinated and about 84 percent of residents over the age of 75 are The elderly population is at greatest risk for hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. We are concerned that the number of cases in Solano County is increasing, and we are pleased that the number of cases is increasing. Hospital systems are not being diluted as we saw earlier this year.
With these statistics, Solano is not yet recommending that he should wear a mask inside, but it is strongly is Advised people to get vaccinated.
“Public health officials and providers urge everyone eligible to get the vaccine,” Richards said. “A person who receives the vaccine is protecting themselves and their loved ones from disease. About 10 percent of those who are vaccinated remain vulnerable to the virus because they haven’t built up immunity. are more susceptible than the unvaccinated. Both of these groups are being affected in increasing numbers by the delta variant of the virus. There are several types of the virus of which the delta variant is most easily transmitted. If people continue to wear masks and socialize Their chances of getting COVID are significantly reduced. The likelihood of serious illness appears to be the same for all types.”
The California Department of Public Health has developed a variant tracking page that explains how, who, and why variants are tracked. At the bottom of the webpage, the state provides information about known variants and how much the proportion of variants has changed over time. The link to the site is www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-Variants.aspx.
A table from that site says the number of samples from Solano County. According to the study in that table, of the people in Solano County who have the virus, 78 percent have the alpha version. The other 14.29 come from the delta version, while 5.84 percent come from the gamma and 1.30 percent from the beta.
While Richards and the Solano County Public Health Department are closely monitoring California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Solano Public Health has teamed up with the state to provide 16 vaccine clinics at McDonald’s restaurant locations throughout the county. According to Richards, 250 people have been vaccinated in these clinics. Solano hosts more events at McDonald’s locations than any other county in the state.
Nationally, many health experts have called on the federal government to change its guidance that vaccinated people are not required to wear masks again indoors.
But talk of a vaccine passport has disappeared in the months since vaccination has become widely available and infection rates have started to drop as a result. And Newsom faces a recall election in September, driven largely by critics of its handling of the pandemic, with little appetite for renewed statewide restrictions on businesses and schools.
“We are very mindful of the Delta variant,” Newsom said on Wednesday, calling a statewide mask order or vaccine passport unnecessary. “The most important thing we can do to leave this pandemic behind is to get vaccinated.”
Last week Vallejo Mayor Robert McConnell urged people to continue wearing masks and asked citizens why they would want to take a chance.
“The reality with the data is that if you’re vaccinated you’re not likely to contact the variant, but there is still a chance,” McConnell said. “If you get it, the potential long-term effects can be on your body and your breathing. You don’t want to be that one person. Why increase your chances of being that person? It’s a losing bet.”
— Journalists John Wolfock and Rachel Oh of Bay Area News Group contributed to this report.