Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


June 16 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

136 people have tested positive since February, 22 are active patients, 112 have recovered; Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance programs reopen for eligible businesses; San Juan Bautista to begin Third Street transformation June 22.

The Bitter Fire south of Paicines on June 16. Photo courtesy of the Cal Fire BEU Facebook page.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire battles blaze south of Paicines

As of June 21, the Bitter Fire is 100% contained with approximately 895 acres burned.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. File photo.


Transformation of Third Street in San Juan Bautista to begin June 22

With main roadway becoming a temporary one-way street, businesses will be able to use extra space for outdoor shopping and dining.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

County approves contract extension with interim public health officer

Supervisor Hernandez sought contract changes for David Ghilarducci, but the board did not support them.

Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District holds drive-thru graduations

Vehicles parade through parking lots and Bolado Park as students say goodbye to eighth grade.

Photo provided by Chamberlain's Youth Services.


Extra thanks from Chamberlain’s during extraordinary times

Donations to help with increase in payroll, utilities, personal protective equipment and items for foster youth.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Covered CA enrollment continues to surge during COVID-19 pandemic

Those who are uninsured and meet eligibility requirements can sign up for coverage through June 30.

The interior of Hokulia Shave Ice in Hollister. Photo by Frank Perez.


Hokulia brings a ‘taste of aloha’ to SBC

Shave ice shop opens in Hollister Farms Shopping Center.