Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Aug. 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

998 people have tested positive since February, 11,586 tested in total, 96 are active patients, 895 have recovered and seven have died; free face mask distribution planned for Sept. 3; Coronavirus Food Assistance Program deadline is Sept. 11.

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Police / Fire

Aug. 26 fire watch for San Benito County

The SCU Lightning Complex Fire has burned 365,772 acres and is 25% contained as of 2:37 p.m. SBC Sheriff's Office states 'great progress' made on southern and southeastern sides of fire.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Treatment of local skilled nursing facility residents is appalling

Noreen Martin writes that she's grown impatient with the lack of leadership from the hospital board, CEO and interim health officer to re-open the hospital and skilled nursing facilities.

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Chabad South County Jewish Center to distribute free face masks

Drive-thru event to take place on Sept. 3 at Hollister City Hall.

Ready for curbside pickup outside the San Benito County Free Library. File photo.

Education / Schools

San Benito County Free Library moves online in a big way

Increased digital resources are helping students during the pandemic.

Joe Paul Gonzalez. Photo provided by the San Benito County Elections Office.

Government / Politics

About the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election

San Benito County Auditor-Recorder-Clerk Joe Paul Gonzalez writes that nothing will stop democracy in America, not raging fires, not even a global COVID-19 pandemic.