Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


May 12 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-eight confirmed cases since February, three active, 53 recovered; USDA Farm Service Agency has temporary job opening at Hollister office; May 13 county Zoom webinar to focus on retail business.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

San Benito County seeks to ease more shelter-in-place restrictions

Supervisor Botelho said county was “one infection away” from failing to meet state requirements on easing restrictions.

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Environment / Nature

Free bottled water for qualifying households

Community Water Center said qualifying households include residents of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, people with contaminated drinking water wells, and low-income households.

Supervisor Peter Hernandez. File photo.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: To be unified, we need an honest conversation

Supervisor Peter Hernandez shares comments he made at an April meeting concerning the face covering mandate.

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Police / Fire

BLM Central Coast Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions

Agency expects an increase in wildfire severity based on forecasted climate.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. File photo by Robert Eliason.


COVID-19 testing open to the general public

Health department conducted 118 tests on May 10, with a daily capacity for 132.