VALLEJO, Calif. — Solano County has not had significant increases in coronavirus cases until June.
Since March, Solano County's coronavirus caseload remained relatively low in new coronavirus cases considering it is the fourth largest county, population-wise, in the Sacramento region.
However, on June 23, the California Department of Public Health released data showing Solano county had increased its cases by 157 new cases. That increase does not provide an accurate picture according to Solano county officials.
Solano County's Dr. Bela Matyas explains the numbers the state is reporting is more than one day's worth of processed tests.
"Labs are delayed in reporting to the state," Matyas said. "What's accurate to say is 157 new cases over the last month."
According to the county data, Solano county saw a significant spike in cases June 17 with 83 new cases, but since then there has been a steady decline in new cases.
Matyas said the numbers are still concerning because people are having gatherings going against the stay-at-home order. However, he added that the amount of testing has increased and the positivity rate has decreased. So the county is testing more people and a lower rate of those people are receiving a positive COVID-19 result.
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According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. Coronavirus is believed to have been first detected in a seafood market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Currently, there is no vaccine; however, the CDC suggests the following precautions, along with any other respiratory illness:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
WHY HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE SO CONCERNED
Some people have compared the low overall death toll to the flu's high annual death toll in the United States as a reason not to be concerned about COVID-19, however, doctors and health officials are concerned for three main reasons:
- There's no vaccine yet and won't be one for until early 2021, at the soonest. Scientists are still researching what other medications could help patients.
- Some people have built up immunity to the flu, but few have immunity to the COVID-19 version of coronavirus.
- Both the flu and COVID-19 are spread by droplets, but COVID-19 might be spread in the air. Scientists are researching exactly how COVID-19 spreads.