Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


March 19 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

San Juan Bautista declares state of emergency for access to funds; Community Foodbank needs volunteers; Hollister cannabis dispensary open under normal hours; Stand Up For Kids Comedy Fundraiser cancelled.

Sang Ji faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison and is expected to be sentenced on April 30. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Sang Ji convicted of first-degree murder

Facing a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

Windmill Market in San Juan Bautista on March 19. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Restocking at San Benito stores slowed by high demand

Hollister Super on Third Street begins exclusive shopping hours for the elderly, disabled and their caretakers.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Covered California offering special enrollment period

State exchange has established a special enrollment period for people who did not hear about the state penalty or the new financial help during open enrollment. Consumers who fall into those categories, or who are currently insured off-exchange and want to switch to Covered California to benefit from the new state subsidies, will have until April 30 to sign up for coverage.

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Education / Schools

Hollister Rotary offers scholarships for local high school students

Deadline is March 31.

Community Foundation leaders meet to discuss the relief fund. Photo provided by Community Foundation for San Benito County.


Community Foundation establishes COVID-19 relief fund

Foundation has committed $50,000 to the fund, and will continue to solicit additional resources from corporate partners and donors.

San Benito County Health Officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib speaks to the media at a Feb. 2 press conference. Photo by Noe MagaƱa.


SBC Health Officer gives message to community about COVID-19

Dr. Martin Fenstersheib addresses concerns and restrictions.