San Benito County Official Seal. Courtesy of San Benito County

News Release

San Benito County to Follow Governor’s Executive Order for shelter in place

Face coverings remains in effect and are required when entering essential businesses, government buildings and other locations.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


April 30 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-one confirmed cases since February, six active, 43 recovered; Covered CA for Small Business offers 30-day grace period to make premium payments; Rivas and Caballero to host May 2 farmworker relief drive in Salinas.

Opening day of the farmers market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Business / Economy

Hollister Farmers’ Market cancelled for 2020

City not approving events due to shelter-in-place order and social distancing.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Congressman Panetta to host webinar series for Mental Health Awareness Month

First interview on May 1 will discuss domestic violence resources.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


Hazel Hawkins to resume elective surgeries

Effective May 4, beginning with outpatient cases and lower risk inpatient cases.

Photo by John Chadwell.

Schools & Education

San Benito County Office of Education working on plan for next school year

District superintendents met April 29 to work on plan for how schools will address student needs.

ER staff at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


The COVID-19 surge that didn’t happen

Hazel Hawkins ER director attributes low number of local cases to people staying home, but thinks the virus poses a long-term threat.