Dec. 3 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

2,007 people have tested positive since February, 198 are active patients, 1,792 have recovered and 17 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 7.1%.

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 5:16 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2,007 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since February. There are 198 active patients, 1,792 have recovered and 17 have died. The county’s current positivity rate is 7.1%. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.

Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services.

Recent articles

State health officials announce Regional Stay at Home Order triggered by ICU capacity—No regions currently meet the threshold, but some are projected to within the next week.


In his briefing to the state on Dec. 3, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California should have vaccines arriving around Dec .12 to Dec 15. The first vaccines will be administered to health care workers and long-time care residents.

More information on the vaccinating schedule can be found on the state COVID-19 website.

Closures and Limited Services

In his briefing, Newsom explained the upcoming regional Stay-at-Home orders. The state is broken into five regions, and the order will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. San Benito County is in the San Joaquin Valley region.

Once in effect, the order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes many sector operations and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

The order will remain in effect for at least three weeks. Following that period it will be lifted when a region’s ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. After the initial period the region will be assessed on a weekly basis.

What will close in a shutdown order

  • Bars
  • Wineries
  • Personal Services
  • Hair Salons/Barbershops

What will remain open in a shutdown order

  • Schools that have a waiver
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Retail at 20% capacity
  • Restaurants for take-out and delivery

More information can be found here and in the article above.


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

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 or click Chat Now

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 confidential workplace safety complaint.

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.

Jimmy Panetta

Anna Caballero

Robert Rivas

Kamala Harris

Diane Feinstein

State of California:


San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency/Coronavirus


Meals for seniors

Food Distribution Community Food Bank

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 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.

Public Assistance CalFresh/Medi-Cal/Cash Aid/GA apply online at 831-636-4180.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Employment Development Department apply online at 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 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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