Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


May 18 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-one confirmed cases since February, six active, 53 recovered; San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery open for visitation Memorial Day Weekend, but no ceremonies planned; County to hold two Zoom webinars on May 20.

Judy Rodriguez sewing masks. Photo provided by Gavilan College.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College’s Hollister site director uses shelter time to sew masks

Funds contribute to Gavilan Student Emergency Fund.

Store owner Bill Mifsud handing a purchase to customer Caleb Ecksteen. Photo by Frank Perez.


Bill’s Bullpen prepares to reopen its doors

Hollister comic book shop resumes foot traffic May 20.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire declares fire season in San Benito and Monterey Counties

State fire agency said substantial rainfall this winter and spring created significant crop of annual grass that has now cured. The brush and trees have begun their summer transition to highly flammable vegetation.

Charlene McKowen at the Anzar High School Garden. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Anzar High School garden helps feed teachers

Former principal Charlene McKowen assembles boxes of produce grown on campus.