As a public service, the BenitoLink team provides a frequent roundup of recent COVID-19 related data, resources and articles about San Benito County.
As of 6:01 p.m. on Dec. 22, 3,074 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since February. Five hundred thirty two are active patients, 2,518 have recovered and 24 have died, with the latest death reported Dec 22. The county’s current positivity rate is 16.2%. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.
The San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%. For more information on this and the regional stay-at-home order, visit the state webpage on COVID-19 restrictions.
Local restaurant owner dies from COVID-19 complications—Frank Halayay of Cozy Cup Cafe in Hollister leaves behind his family and a community of regulars.
San Benito health officers released a safety video message for the holidays.
California vaccine information can be found here.
California distribution recommendations can be seen here.
COVID Relief Package
The COVID relief package includes the following:
- $19 billion in vaccine procurement and distribution.
- Direct payments of up to $600 per qualifying adult and child.
- $300 per week increase to unemployment benefits, and an 11-week extension of the CARES Act unemployment programs.
- A 15% increase to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)(CalFresh)
- Extension of SNAP (CalFresh) eligibility for college students who previously have not had access to the program.
- $400 million for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which supports food banks and pantries.
- Funding for school meal and child and adult care food programs to continue serving children and families.
- $25 billion for rental assistance.
- $284 billion for first and second forgivable PPP loans, including larger loans for restaurants.
- $15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions.
- $82 billion in funding for colleges and schools.
- $10 billion for childcare assistance.
- $27 billion for state highways, struggling transit agencies, Amtrak and airports.
- $7 billion to increase access to broadband for students, families, and unemployed workers.
- $22 billion for the health-related expenses of state, local, tribal and territorial government.
The full COVID relief package can be found here.
The State has several hotlines for residents to call for suicide prevention, abuse, and mental health:
24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text 838255
Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, helps protect workers from health and safety hazards in almost every workplace in California.
Visit Cal/OSHA for information about workplace safety and health.
File a whistleblower complaint if you suffer retaliation for reporting a workplace safety hazard
Obtain free consultation services from Cal/OSHA.
Contact Cal/OSHA at 844-522-6734.
State and federal elected officials’ COVID-19 web pages.
Food Distribution Community Food Bank www.communityfoodbankofsbc.org
Drive-thru service at the marketplace Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1133 San Felipe Rd. in Hollister. Sign-ups for supplemental food are done by phone 831-637-0340
Food Distribution Salvation Army hollister.salvationarmy.org Drive-thru service Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. 910 Buena Vista Rd. Hollister Sign-ups not required To schedule delivery call 310-753-6520.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits Employment Development Department apply online at www.edd.ca.gov/ui_online 831-638-3306.
Senior Services Delivery of essential items and food City of Hollister and Jovenes de Antano [email protected] 831-636-4390.
Disability/Paid Family Leave Employment Development Department apply online at www.edd.ca.gov/sdi_online 831-638-3306.
United Way of San Benito County 2-1-1 Text your Zip Code to 831-898-211 or call 211 Text COVID2019 to 211211
Tips for avoiding COVID-19
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Keep a minimum of a six feet physical distance from others.
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Stay at home. Only leave to take care of essential errands.
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Cover your face (mouth and nose) with protective covering when in public
- Disinfect frequently touched objects.
- If you think you might be infected call your health care professional and follow their directions.
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