August 17 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

848 people have tested positive since February, 10,384 tested in total, 81 are active patients, 763 have recovered and four have died.

As a public service, the BenitoLink team provides a frequent roundup of recent COVID-19 related data, resources and articles about San Benito County.

As 5:03 p.m. on August 17, 848 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since February, with 10,384 tested in total. Eighty-one are active patients, 763 have recovered and four have died. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.

Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.

Recent Articles

Cooling Center to open at SBC Library—The center will maintain hours of 12-5 p.m. daily until area temperatures normalize.

San Juan’s Third Street parklet project gains definition—City’s Historic Resources Board relieves fears of compliance lawsuits.

San Benito High students receive supplies to help with distance learning—Cars queue on campus to pick up schedules, textbooks and laptops.


From San Benito High School:

Textbook/Chromebook/Student Schedule Distribution: The bags that contain textbooks, Chromebooks and student schedules have been moved to the lobby inside the school auditorium at 1220 Monterey St. Starting this past Friday, families are being informed to come to the front of the main building to pick up the materials in those bags. Come to our outside greeter, who will come inside to get the bag.

Internet Hot Spots: The Tech Team has been notifying families that need internet access that they can pick up hot spots, starting Monday, August 17, at the Baler Alley Book Room windows. They will be available to pick up throughout the day.

Job Openings         

Be True Café in Hollister is hiring for a kitchen cook and baristas.

For more information, contact Ruth Gutierrez at (831) 313-0090 or [email protected]


The State has several hotlines for residents to call for suicide prevention, abuse, and mental health:

24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text 838255

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 or click Chat Now

Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, helps protect workers from health and safety hazards in almost every workplace in California.

Visit Cal/OSHA for information about workplace safety and health.

File a confidential workplace safety complaint.

File a whistleblower complaint if you suffer retaliation for reporting a workplace safety hazard

Obtain free consultation services from Cal/OSHA.

Contact Cal/OSHA at 844-522-6734.

 State and federal elected officials’ COVID-19 web pages.

Jimmy Panetta

Anna Caballero

Robert Rivas

Kamala Harris

Diane Feinstein

State of California:


San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency/Coronavirus


Meals for seniors

Food Distribution Community Food Bank

Drive-thru service at the marketplace Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1133 San Felipe Rd. in Hollister. Sign-ups for supplemental food are done by phone 831-637-0340

Food Distribution Salvation Army Drive-thru service Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. 910 Buena Vista Rd. Hollister Sign-ups not required To schedule delivery call 310-753-6520.

Public Assistance CalFresh/Medi-Cal/Cash Aid/GA apply online at 831-636-4180.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Employment Development Department apply online at 831-638-3306.

Senior Services Delivery of essential items and food City of Hollister and Jovenes de Antano [email protected] 831-636-4390.

Disability/Paid Family Leave Employment Development Department apply online at 831-638-3306.

United Way of San Benito County 2-1-1 Text your Zip Code to 831-898-211 or call 211 Text COVID2019 to 211211

Tips for avoiding 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.
  • Cover your face (mouth and nose) with protective covering when in public
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • If you think you might be infected call your health care professional and follow their directions.


BenitoLink is a nonprofit news website that reports on San Benito County. Our team is working around the clock during this time when accurate information is essential. It is expensive to produce local news and community support is what keeps the news flowing. Please consider supporting BenitoLink, San Benito County’s news.


BenitoLink Staff