The Panther Fusion System can analyze 120 COVID-19 tests simultaneously. It's expected to be operational at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital by late December or early January. Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins.


New machine increases COVID-19 testing capabilities at Hazel Hawkins Hospital

Panther Fusion System processes up to 120 patient samples at one time.

Dan Campos—Toad. Courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

SBC Arts Council takes Small Works Exhibition and Art Giveaway online

Exhibition features over 60 original artworks no larger than 7"x9" created and donated by over 30 local artists.

Photo courtesy of Detective Jason Leist.

Police / Fire

SBC Sheriff’s Office seeks information on pellet gun shooting

Woman reported being shot by two dirt bike riders while attempting to record video.

Zucchini harvested at Royal Greens Family Farm. Photo courtesy of Royal Greens Family Farm.


Application deadline approaches for second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Program provides direct financial relief to producers for market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

Stadium at San Benito High School. Photo by Julia Hicks.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School sports postponed due to continued statewide surge of COVID-19 infections

SBHS currently has 42 cohorts made up of more than 450 student-athletes who have been conditioning since mid-October.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Congressman Panetta selected to serve as Chief Deputy Whip in 117th Congress

Panetta will serve on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which recommends committee assignments to the Democratic Caucus and helps shape the House policy agenda.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Dec. 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,968 people have tested positive since February, 174 are active patients, 1,777 have recovered and 17 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 7.1%.