Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


April 14 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Thirty-nine confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, four active, 33 recovered; April 18 Household Hazardous Waste event cancelled; Panetta helps secure $300K for airport through CARES Act.

Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions being put in place, BenitoLink board members, journalists and staff met to discuss news coverage and the budget during their annual retreat in March. Photo by Leslie David.


Appreciation and support for local news expands during COVID-19

Four-hundred newsrooms, including BenitoLink, get boost of $5,000 for additional coronavirus-related reporting for their communities thanks to Facebook, Lenfest Institute and local news funders.

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


SBC coronavirus cases align with demographics

Latinx residents account for 63% of cases and make up 60.6% of the county’s population.

Photo provided by Monterey Bay Community Power.

Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Community Power defers payments in response to COVID-19

Community choice energy agency estimates total customer bill deferment during May and June will be $22.4 million.

4-H Youth at the pancake breakfast. Photo provided by Devii Rao.


4-H searches for locals to serve on sponsoring committee

Looking for business leaders and others who are well connected in the community and motivated to provide educational, leadership opportunities to youth.

HSD students play music together in a local park while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Photo by Kaitlyn Fontaine.

Children and Youth

HSD students band together with music

Musicians play ‘Star Spangled Banner’ for their neighbors daily at 6:30 p.m.