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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 19 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty one new cases reported, 4,959 people have tested positive, 515 are active patients, 4,401 have recovered and 43 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 17.4%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

Photo provided by California Highway Patrol.

Police / Fire

Fatal collision in San Juan Bautista

Law enforcement believe alcohol impairment may have been a factor.

News Release

SBC received COVID-19 Moderna vaccine lot linked to possible allergic reactions

Local vaccine partners have paused usage of the specific lot. No reactions reported locally.


Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. Photo by Leslie David.

Education / Schools

HSD offers programs to support parents

Series of evening classes aims to support parents and students as they work through the challenges of distance learning and prepare for a return to school.

Jarad Gallagher of Smoke Point BBQ. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista restaurants face challenges under COVID

Lack of indoor and outdoor dining making financial survival difficult.

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San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG explores contracting for legislative advocacy

Executive Director Mary Gilbert estimates the agency would spend about $30,000 annually for representation.

Road crew closed off one lane near Somerset Drive on Union Road in August 2020. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG approves draft list of regional transportation projects

Costs exceed projected revenue by $100 million.

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News Release

Lane closure on Hwy 101

Moving lane closure in effect Dec. 14 through Dec 18.



Photo courtesy of Shoe Palace. Faces have been covered for the youth's privacy.

Education / Schools

Pilot program at SBC Juvenile Hall aims to change youth behavior

Shoe Palace and facility supervisors are encouraged by the results.

News Release

SBC issues fire watch advisory

Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday evening through 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.



News

Wind advisory for Jan. 17-19

Offshore winds expected up to 15-30 mph with gusts of 35-50 mph.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SBC Supervisors approve COVID-19 penalty ordinance

Penalties for violations of state and county guidelines range from $100 to $500 for civil cases and from $1,000 to $10,000 for commercial.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 15 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One death and 80 new cases reported, 4,778 people have tested positive, 720 are active patients, 4,016 have recovered and 43 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.