4/3 update: San Benito County confirmed a second coronavirus death on April 3.
With everything happening with the coronavirus pandemic, we at BenitoLink want to provide a roundup of recent articles, as well as closures and cancellations happening in San Benito County.
As of 4:30 p.m. on April 3 there are 23 confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, six of which are active, 15 recovered and two dead. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.
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-Starting Monday, April 6, the Hollister School District will change its meal delivery days to one day per week: Monday Meal Day.
According to a recent notice, the district will box up to five days of breakfast and lunch to hand out between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays. Schools include Calaveras Elementary, Cerra Vista Elementary, Ladd Lane Elementary, Maze Middle, Rancho San Justo Middle, R. O. Hardin Elementary and Sunnyslope Elementary
-The University of California system has eased its admission requirements for 2020 applicants. According to a recent release, the measures are expected to help mitigate the challenges students face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full release here
Cancellations and Postponements
-The Community Action Board meeting on April 9 has been canceled.
–CASA of San Benito County has rescheduled its fundraiser, Sip, Savor and Celebrate, from May 9 to Oct. 3.
-The San Benito County Resource Management Agency, Hollister and San Juan Bautista officials agreed to coordinate enforcement efforts for construction activities in the county following the March 31 updated shelter-in-place order from San Benito County Public Health Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib. The latest order increased restrictions regarding construction. Full release here
-The San Benito County Health and Human Service Agency has provided a list of agencies, in both English and Spanish, who can assist residents in need at this time. See attached PDFs at bottom of article.
-Monterey Peninsula Foundation has announced they are taking steps in their approach to grant making to make sure they are responding in the most effective, compassionate during the pandemic. For more information visit http://www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org/covid-19-update/.
-Several regional community foundations have established COVID-19 relief funds to assist:
Community Foundation for San Benito County
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
-Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital issued a statement April 3 saying the hospital is working in conjunction with San Benito County Public Health and has been able to revise testing criteria for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have come in contact with someone that has the virus, please call the hotline at (831) 636-2640 to be screened and receive further instructions.
–San Benito LULAC is sponsoring a Farm Worker and Their Family Food Drive on April 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fourth Street between Hollister Super and True Value Hardware.
Tips to avoid COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Keep a minimum of a six feet physical distance from others.
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Stay at home. Only leave to take care of essential errands.
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects.
- If you think you might be infected call your health care professional and follow their directions.
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