Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


July 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

257 people have tested positive since February, 39 are active patients, 216 recovered; California updates guidelines for fitness facilities and places of worship; Public health officers ask residents to celebrate 4th of July from home.

San Benito County Official Seal. Courtesy of San Benito County

News Release

California updates its guidelines for fitness facilities and and places of worship

Changes in worker training, cleaning, physical distancing, aquatics, facility showers and food concessions modification for gyms.

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Police / Fire

Chemical leak prompts HAZMAT team response

White phosphorus derivative determined to be the compound that leaked from ground.

News Release

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital welcomes interim CEO

John Wright was previously president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, Dignity Health North State in Red Bluff, California.

Environment / Nature

Smart water leak detector available for home use

Shawn Novack writes that options include devices that can be connected via Wi-Fi to alert of leaks or other issues.

Nelcy Pulido Cruz (left), her daughter Ruby Pulido(center left), neice Clara Elena (center right) and sister Esperanza Cruz (back right) pick up supplies to decorate their cars to join the census caravan. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Government / Politics

Census caravan rolls through westside Hollister

Project encourages participation in the 2020 Census before the reporting deadline on Oct. 31.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: They’re back, the planets that is

David Baumgartner writes that July will provide an opportunity to view all the planets along with Pluto and comets.

County Information Officer David Westrick (right), Supervisors Peter Hernandez (center) and Anthony Botelho (left) announced the plan to give $1.5 million in grants to small businesses. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

County to allocate $1.5 million in grants for small businesses

Funds will be managed by the Workforce Development Board and disbursed by Aug. 31.