Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


April 9 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Thirty-four confirmed cases since February, 7 of which are active and 25 recovered; landfill to be closed Easter and on Sundays starting April 19; California workers receiving unemployment benefits will get extra $600 weekly; MBEP and community foundations partner on relief funds.

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County receives defective masks from state

Office of Emergency Services manager says they’d been in storage a long time.

Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: “I have mine, that’s all we need!”

"The proponents of a radical initiative have picked the worst possible time to put a stranglehold on the local economy," writes Salvador Mora.


County reminds public to observe religious practices at home

Impacts observances where gatherings usually take place, including Holy Week and Easter, Passover, Orthodox Easter, Ramadan and other religious practices. Church leaders and religious organizations are urged to close in-person services and not bring large groups of people together while the health order is in force.

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

SBC Chamber of Commerce defers membership investments

Will allow Chamber-member businesses and organizations access to their benefits.

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Business / Economy

EDC gives info on small business paycheck protection program

Could provide funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs, including benefits, as well as interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.


Assemblyman Rivas introduces California Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package

Joined by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Rivas calls for urgent action to protect farmworkers and avoid disruptions in food supply.

Celery is just one crop that can be delivered to your home. Photo courtesy of Royal Greens Family Farm.

San Benito Lifestyle

How to get fresh food during shelter-in-place

Farms and businesses step up to deliver supplies to homes and cars.