Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 22 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Two deaths and 59 new cases reported, 5,101 people have tested positive, 509 are active patients, 4,544 have recovered and 48 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 17.4%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

Health

San Benito County anticipates advancing to vaccination Phase 1B, Tier 1 the week of Jan. 25

Next vaccination phase includes individuals 65 and older, and those at risk of exposure in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

News Release

Congressman Panetta and others introduce bicameral Health Force Act

If approved, the legislation would invest billions in local public health infrastructure to recruit, train, and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans to build public health capacity in underserved communities.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 21 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Thirty nine new cases reported, 5,042 people have tested positive, 530 are active patients, 4,466 have recovered and 46 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 17.4%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

Health

Public Health Services seeking volunteers for COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics

Opportunities range from assisting with administering the vaccine, traffic control, screening forms, conducting temperature checks and restocking supplies.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Three deaths and 44 new cases reported, 5,003 people have tested positive, 549 are active patients, 4,408 have recovered and 46 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 17.4%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

News Release

SBC received COVID-19 Moderna vaccine lot linked to possible allergic reactions

Local vaccine partners have paused usage of the specific lot. No reactions reported locally.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 19 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty one new cases reported, 4,959 people have tested positive, 515 are active patients, 4,401 have recovered and 43 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 17.4%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

News Release

SBC issues fire watch advisory

Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday evening through 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SBC Supervisors approve COVID-19 penalty ordinance

Penalties for violations of state and county guidelines range from $100 to $500 for civil cases and from $1,000 to $10,000 for commercial.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 15 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One death and 80 new cases reported, 4,778 people have tested positive, 720 are active patients, 4,016 have recovered and 43 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital has tents set up outside to service a higher amount of patients. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

General public unlikely to receive COVID-19 vaccinations before spring

Though San Benito County is preparing to move to the next vaccination phase, limited supply could make mass inoculation difficult to accomplish.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Jan. 14 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One hundred two new cases reported, 4,698 people have tested positive, 737 are active patients, 3,920 have recovered and 41 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

News Release

San Benito County COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Portal is live

Platform is only for those individuals identified in Phase 1B. It is not a vaccination appointment system.