Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


April 24 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

47 confirmed cases since February, four active, 41 recovered; face covering order goes into effect April 27; health order amendment exempts utilization of open areas to include county and city parks, golf courses; drive-thru face covering distribution on April 25.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Face covering order goes into effect April 27

Combined with sheltering in place, social distancing, and frequent hand hygiene, facial coverings help slow transmission of COVID-19.

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


Essential, but unprotected

SBC LULAC writes that the threat posed by the coronavirus is exacerbated for the farmworker community.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

HSD Governing Board praises employees, students and parents

Highlights some examples that give district faith that the community has what it will take to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and school closures.

Students install a protection cage around a newly planted oak. Photo by Nancy Wilcox.

Environment / Nature

Students plant oaks at Pacheco Creek Reserve

Local kids learn about and restore oak woodland next to Highway 152.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Sweeping scheduled for Hwy 101 in Prunedale

Roadwork to commence April 27.

Photos courtesy of Rene Rodriguez.

Environment / Nature

Q & A: Rene Rodriguez brings nature into view

Local photographer talks about San Benito County life and landscapes.

Noah, Aidan and Nathan Fort. The Fort family runs West Coast World Martial Arts in Hollister. Photos courtesy of Nathan Fort.

Sports & Recreation

Hollister family competes in virtual martial arts tournament

Nathan Fort and family create video lessons for their students while sheltering in place.