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Flu spreads in California

As of Sept. 29, 39 people have died from the flu in California, including four children.

Restoration work continues at the Mabie Northside Skilled Nursing Facility in Hollister after December rain flooded the building and displaced 46 residents. Photo by John Chadwell.

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Flooded nursing facility to reopen in February

Restoration includes flooring, repairing drywall and removing asbestos.

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Homeless senior population increasing

Aging seniors are increasingly likely to become homeless, which will have a big impact on local communities. The San Benito County Behavioral Health department is working to address homelessness.

The clean-up after the skilled nursing facility on Sunset Drive flooded on Dec. 4. Cleaning could be extensive if asbestos is discovered. Photos by John Chadwell.

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Flooding forces nursing facility evacuation

Forty-six patients moved to Hazel Hawkins and another facility.

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Ambulance rates increasing in 2020

Medi-Cal and Medicare patient costs will not be impacted.

CEO Ken Underwood thinks it's unlikely the healthcare district won't be designated a Critical Access Hospital, but says plans are in place to keep it operational if the certification is denied. Photo by John Chadwell.

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Hazel Hawkins banks on winning ‘critical access’ status

CFO explains Plans B and C to keep the hospital’s doors open.

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Tips for reducing stress and depression during the holidays

The holiday season can add extra stress. County Behavioral Health offers some tips on how to handle it.

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Thanksgiving gatherings to feed those in need

Several Hollister organizations hosting holiday celebrations for residents and guests.

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County Behavioral Health trains case management staff in youth mental health first aid

The goal is to support schools by training professionals that work with youth.

Gavilan students Cristal Nunez Sedano, Stephanie Perez and Sara Bowman raising funds for the Community FoodBank outside the Briggs Building in Hollister. Photos provided by Shaina Garcia.

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Gavilan students raise money for Community FoodBank

Proceeds from the campaign are donated to the food bank in order to stock up on bulk items.

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Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital receives grant to treat opioid addiction in the ER

The new program enables the hospital’s emergency department to effectively treat anyone who is experiencing withdrawal from opioids or would like to stop taking them.

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Shorter days have people feeling the blues

Seasonal depression can be seen as a harmless result of the time changes. However, in some cases it can lead to clinical diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder that demands it be taken seriously.

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211 directs county residents to services

Offered through United Way, callers get information on housing, jobs, veterans’ assistance, disaster alerts and more.

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State funding provides new, expanded Behavior Health program for residents

PATHS program provides an array of services to children and youth that aim to support enhanced social/emotional development, improve social skills, school performance, and provide linkage to mental health and substance use disorder services.

Christina Soto and Dr. Kyle Hsu. Hsu said he played a small part in saving Soto's life by removing flesh-eating bacteria that made her sick. Photo provided by Christina Soto.

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Christina Soto thanks first responders for saving her life

Homeless shelter manager bears gifts and gratitude a year after she was found unconscious.

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