Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


April 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are 23 confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, 11 of which are active and 11 recovered; Save Mart/Lucky stores add dedicated shopping hours for first responders; free April 3 webinar on disaster loan opportunities for small businesses.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital approved for critical access designation

Critical access designation is designed to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities.

BenitoLink Executive Director Leslie David. Photo by Lisa Robinson.


Stay informed and stay safe: a few words from BenitoLink’s executive director

The virus ‘calls on us to do more and to make sure we are serving our readers well.’

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County puts moratorium on evictions through May 31

In response to coronavirus, residential and commercial tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent or foreclosure.

Items purchased by the department for donation. Photo provided by SBC Behavioral Health.

Government / Politics

SBC Behavioral Health helps with donations and housing assistance

Department has been able to issue funds to help the homeless and at-risk of homelessness population with mental illness.

Betabel Project Drawing, from R. McDowell. Provided by Mia Casey.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: On Measure K, the Betabel project and accidental activism

When Mia Casey researched Measure K and the nodes, she and like-minded individuals moved to action and created a petition to be presented to the SBC Board of Supervisors on April 7.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Police / Fire

Law enforcement makes arrests in attempted murder

Police take five people into custody after April 1 drive-by shooting in San Juan Bautista.

Carl Saling distributing his donation of hand sanitizer. Photo courtesy of the San Benito County government Twitter account.

Business / Economy

Hollister Cannabis Co. donates hand sanitizer

Bottles are being distributed to most vulnerable and frontline workers.

Female inmates at the San Benito County Jail attend remote Gavilan College classes. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases 35 inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

None showed symptoms and all received a judge’s approval.