New emergency council is sworn in to address COVID-19 pandemic issues. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister proclaims emergency; Schools close; San Juan Bautista open for business

Mayor said the council was taking emergency action in order to assure the city had the state and federal resources it needed to keep the community safe.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. Photo by Leslie David.

Education / Schools

County public schools to close March 16 through March 20

Office of Education is continuing to monitor Coronavirus activity and safeguards and will implement a longer closure if warranted

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital ER Director asks community to help control spread of coronavirus

There is currently one active case of COVID-19 in San Benito County. According to the release, 11 other people that had suspicious symptoms were tested at Hazel Hawkins and all tested negative.

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San Benito Stage Company Casino Night postponed

Fundraiser expected to be rescheduled later this year.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


One new coronavirus case confirmed in San Benito County

San Benito County Public Health Services did not provide information about the individual and where they live, but said they are self-isolating at home.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta requests IRS provide update on coronavirus impact on filing season

In addition to requesting an evaluation of whether the April 15 filing deadline needs to be extended this year, the release said members asked Commissioner Rettig to consider the need for relief from certain filing and payment penalties for taxpayers and communities affected by COVID-19.

Hollister Police Department. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Hollister Police Department investigating assault of a minor

Police said the victim’s condition was listed as critical as of March 12.

San Benito County Supervisors and Behavioral Health department board members and staff at the March 10 groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Government / Politics

Behavioral Health breaks ground for new facility

New offices are expected to open March 2021.