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March 27 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are 14 confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, 11 of which are active; schools will be closed through May 1; DHS extends Real ID deadline to Oct. 2021; Save Mart/Lucky supermarkets hiring temporary workers.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista closes city park playgrounds and restrooms

"We can all do our part to flatten the curve and prevent further spread of COVID-19," said City Manager Don Reynolds.

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March 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are now 12 confirmed cases since February, nine of which are active; schools will continue to be closed through spring break; county clerk's office requests people stop driving from out of county to obtain marriage licenses; Panetta gets SBA to offer Spanish-language online resources.

Teknova's 120 employees work to meet the demand for buffers in research to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Photos provided by Teknova.

Business / Economy

Teknova assists with COVID-19 research

Hollister biotech company produces cell culture media for those working to develop a vaccine.

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March 25 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are now nine confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, six of which are active; local governments create hotline to report non-essential businesses operating in violation of shelter-in-place order; Hollister Super/Windmill Market owner advises to 'buy smart and don't overfill your cart.'

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

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90 county residents have been tested for COVID-19

Officials give updates at remote Board of Supervisors meeting.

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San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

San Benito County Free Library offers online resources

Access to video streaming services, e-books, educational material and more to help keep families engaged and entertained during the shelter-in-place order.

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March 24 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are now seven total confirmed cases in the county, four of which are active; Small Business Association now accepting applications for loans for disaster and economic injury; library continues to issue cards to provide access to online resources.

30-year-old Hollister resident Adam Hill self-isolated at home after contracting an unknown sickness. He was unable to be tested for COVID-19 at the hospital. Photo provided by Adam Hill.

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Resident shares story of unknown sickness

After numerous attempts, he was unable to be tested for COVID-19.

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Behavioral Health taking measures to ensure services continue

Department has initiated options to have virtual consultations, therapies and other services without coming to the clinic in person.

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Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

Hazel Hawkins opens care tent for high risk patients

Tent behind Sunset Health Care Center will provide screening and care for patients with fever and respiratory issues who cannot be seen in their regular physician’s office. COVID-19 testing will also be available, but only for patients at risk who meet strict CDC criteria for testing. Appointment only, no walk-ins.

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March 23 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Free dial-a-ride services Monday to Friday (essential trips only) though April 7; Panetta and others send letter requesting assistance for specialty crop industry; YMCA supporting childcare needs of those with essential community roles who must continue working during pandemic.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

San Benito County reports sixth COVID-19 case

Brings total active number of cases up to three.

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Linda Lampe, owner of outreach center My Father’s House and pastor with Hollister Outreach Community, prepares food for Hollister homeless. Photo by John Chadwell.

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Outreach to homeless residents continues during COVID-19

Facilities change standard procedures to provide care for San Benito County’s transient population.

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March 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Old Mission San Juan Bautista has canceled mass until shelter-in-place order is lifted; Covered California expanding special enrollment until end of June; San Benito County Free Library offers online options for students, parents and educators.