Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


March 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Old Mission San Juan Bautista has canceled mass until shelter-in-place order is lifted; Covered California expanding special enrollment until end of June; San Benito County Free Library offers online options for students, parents and educators.

San Benito County Administration Building. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Cause of death still unknown for COVID-19 case

Sheriff’s Office warns against price gouging and asks non-essential businesses to adhere to the shelter-in-place order; Health and Human Services director updates on local resources.

Tenting outside Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital on March 18. Photos by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital gives update on COVID-19 preparation

“While we understand that some of these measures may be an inconvenience, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff, patients and community,” said CEO Ken Underwood.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: Coronavirus tests our spirit

Wayne Norton writes that a public health emergency requires all county residents to exemplify values of selflessness, generosity, and deep concern for friends and neighbors.

Marty Richman told BenitoLink on March 15 that if he couldn't give 100% to the community, then he had to resign. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman passes away

‘He loved the community,’ his daughter says.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

Gov. Newsom issues shelter in place order for all of California

Californians ordered to stay at home; essential services still allowed.

Casa de Fruta. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Where to get food to-go in San Benito County

Restaurants in Hollister, Dunneville, Aromas and Tres Pinos offer options.

JJ's Burgers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

San Juan restaurants offer to-go options during shelter in place

Some are serving from their full menus; others are offering items as available.