Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Jan. 8 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One death and 139 new cases reported, 4,266 people have tested positive, 677 are active patients, 3,553 have recovered and 36 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 15.4%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

A customer picks up her order from Running Rooster in downtown Hollister on Jan. 7. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Running Rooster closing until indoor dining is allowed

Downtown Hollister restaurant to close after Jan. 10.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Captain’s Log—Victims of gangsters or gangsters as victims? Chapter 3

In this third installment, Captain Eric Taylor with the SBC Sheriff's Office writes about what he sees as top concerns related to Hispanic criminal street gangs.

Few residents can attend meetings at City Hall because of COVID-19 restrictions. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister adopts COVID-19 prevention program

Symptomatic employees will be required to get tested; protocols established for quarantine of co-workers.

Joseph Ostenson plays the trumpet at the San Benito County Fair, 2013. Photo courtesy of Joseph and Francine Ostenson.

Art & Culture

Remembering Joseph Ostenson

Family and former students speak about Mr. O as music teacher, jazz bandleader, and pillar of the community.