Parents held a protest the afternoon of Jan. 7 in response to unvaccinated sixth graders being sent home on Jan. 6. Photo by Leila Sadeghian.


Rancho San Justo sends about 40 unvaccinated students home

A parent claims the school breached student confidentiality and did not follow district COVID policy.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of Jan.14 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

10,145 people tested positive, 394 are active patients, 9,662 have recovered and 89 have died.

KN95 masks are considered more effective than cloth masks, according to the CDC. Photo provided by HSD.


Hollister School District provides KN95 masks to staff

The Hollister School District this week distributed nearly 3,700 KN95 masks to staff members as an additional safety measure during the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Additional masks are on the way for staff and students as well.

San Benito County official seal. Image courtesy San Benito Co.

News Release

San Benito County issues COVID-19 pop-up testing site advisory

Most COVID testing is free to the public and there are several legitimate sites in the county.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.


Hollister School District faces COVID surge

Board of Trustees takes action to deal with teacher shortages and expand communication with parents.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. File photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

No walk-in COVID-19 OptumServe testing until further notice

You can still test with an appointment and other local testing locations are available.

News Release

Governor Newsom releases proposed budget for 2022-2023

Budget intends to address COVID-19, climate change, homelessness, inequality and keep streets safe.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of Jan. 7 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

9,163 people tested positive, 388 are active patients, 8,688 have recovered and 87 have died.

San Juan School. Photo by Robert Eliason.


San Juan and Aromas students return Jan. 10

District makes adjustments as it faces unknowns regarding student positivity rate and availability of substitute teachers.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

State extends mask requirement for public indoor settings

The requirement is through Feb. 15, 2022.

Administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Leslie David.

News Release

County COVID-19 vaccine cash incentive program near its end

Funds are expected to run out by Jan. 7.

Directing residents who received vaccinations to a waiting area. Photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Volunteers needed for COVID/flu vaccine clinics

Clinics are every Monday and Wednesday in January and February.

Handing out kits at the district office. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District distributes free COVID tests for students

Each kit provides two tests to children returning from winter break.

News Release

Hollister School District offers free COVID-19 test kits

The rapid test kits are available for district families or staff Jan. 3 at the district office, Calaveras/AAA and R.O. Hardin.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Jan. 3

Three public agencies set to meet.