Tetra Tech environmental scientist Maria Hassett Patrick collects water samples for testing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

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Community Water Center tests water quality of private wells

Free program checks for nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

Nursing facility visitor restrictions continue due to seasonal flu activity

There are nine confirmed seasonal flu cases among the skilled nursing residents and 12 cases among the employees.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

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Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation to award several new scholarships

Applications must be submitted by April 1.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital CEO Ken Underwood claimed a board member wanted him to leave. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Hazel Hawkins CEO resigns, but stays on as interim

Hospital board amends Ken Underwood’s contract so he can continue working until a new CEO is recruited.

Mabie Northside Skilled Nursing Facility. Photo by John Chadwell.

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Temporary visitor restrictions at Mabie Skilled Nursing Facility due to seasonal flu activity

Currently there are six confirmed Influenza-A cases among the skilled nursing residents.

San Benito County Health Officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib speaks to the media at a Feb. 2 press conference. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

Details emerge on two San Benito coronavirus cases

Unidentified male had been in Wuhan, China, and surrounding areas visiting family Jan. 18-24. His wife started to exhibit symptoms five days after he returned.

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SBC coronavirus patients transferred out of county for medical care

San Benito County Public Health Services is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control, the California Public Health Department, and other partners as this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation.

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Two coronavirus cases confirmed in San Benito County

The confirmed cases are related; husband and wife, and both are 57 years of age. The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China, but the wife did not. Therefore, there has been person-to-person transmission. Both patients have not left their home since returning from China.

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SBC Behavioral Health response to Jan. 21 Sun Street Centers article

Behavioral Health writes that it is essential that an informed response to the article recently written by Sun Street Centers be shared with the community.

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Hospital says no confirmed coronavirus cases in San Benito County

Hazel Hawkins Infection Control Coordinator Amy Bannister writes that hospital leadership and members of the local public health team met to review and clarify the process for assessing/testing persons who may be infected with the virus, and said the hospital is prepared to care for what may arise as a result of the current situation.

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Upcoming workshop on dementia patient care

Caregivers will learn how a person with dementia interprets situations to better understand and anticipate challenging behaviors.

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Covered California enrollment deadline nears

Financial help available to eligible consumers to help lower the cost of their coverage.

Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.

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Opioid Task Force to host Feb. 8 town hall

San Benito County Public Health Services invites the community to meet health care providers and state government representatives to discuss the local opioid crisis.

The Sun Street Centers house on Sixth Street in Hollister. File photo.

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Sun Street Centers to suspend women’s residential treatment services in Hollister

The organization will continue to operate the women's sober living environment for single women and mothers with small children, and the men's sober living environment.

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Flu spreads in California

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