Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

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July 14 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

398 people have tested positive since February, 78 are active patients, 318 have recovered and two have died.

Structure fire in downtown Hollister on July 12. Photo courtesy of Jake Medina.

Business / Economy

Businesses hurt by fire contemplate their future

Owners speak of losses and moving forward.

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Government / Politics

Governor orders business closures effective immediately

Affected SBC indoor business sectors include gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, non-critical offices, and personal care services.

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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 13 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

382 people have tested positive since February, 71 are active patients, 309 have recovered; state orders specific indoor business sectors to close effective immediately.

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Evening Ride from Off the Chain. Photo by Jacob Funk.

Business / Economy

Bikes riding off the racks at local stores

Off the Chain and Big 5 Sporting Goods report supply can’t keep up with demand.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 3 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

260 people have tested positive since February, 34 are active patients, 224 have recovered; Teknova hiring spurred by COVID-19; San Benito County COVID-19 Disaster small business relief grant program.

Strada Verde Illustrative Site Plan. Image from the Initiative.

Business / Economy

Strada Verde project files petition signatures

San Benito County Office of Elections is now verifying signers.

All Teknova employees must now wear masks and practice social distancing. Photo provided by Teknova.

Business / Economy

Teknova hiring spurred by COVID-19

The Hollister company is now seeking up to 15 people and expects more positions to open in the coming weeks.

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Health

July 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

257 people have tested positive since February, 39 are active patients, 216 recovered; California updates guidelines for fitness facilities and places of worship; Public health officers ask residents to celebrate 4th of July from home.

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County Information Officer David Westrick (right), Supervisors Peter Hernandez (center) and Anthony Botelho (left) announced the plan to give $1.5 million in grants to small businesses. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

County to allocate $1.5 million in grants for small businesses

Funds will be managed by the Workforce Development Board and disbursed by Aug. 31.

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Health

July 1 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

239 people have tested positive since February, 35 are active patients, 202 have recovered; SBHS discusses strategies to open; San Benito Stage Company begins online auditions.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

June 30 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

233 people have tested positive since February, 38 are active patients, 193 have recovered; county to begin processing applications for CARES Act funding for local small businesses; Community Foundation and United Way to offer funding to nonprofits.

Customers walk into target on June 30. Photo by Shelby Schipsi.

Business / Economy

Hollister Target employees test positive for coronavirus

Five workers are on sick leave and in quarantine.

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Health

June 29 Coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

213 people have tested positive since February, 22 are active patients, 189 have recovered; Supervisors Botelho and Hernandez to host June 30 virtual focus group.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

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June 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

198 people have tested positive since February, 14 are active patients, 182 have recovered; Supervisors Botelho and Hernandez to host June 30 virtual focus group; CDC eliminates age as risk factor.