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 5:58 p.m. on Dec. 30, 3,538 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since February. Five hundred four are active patients, 3,006 have recovered and 28 have died. The county’s current positivity rate is 16.7%. 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.
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital currently has no ICU beds available. Monterey County hospitals have a combined number of 14 ICU beds open and Santa Clara County hospitals has 28 with one of those beds in St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy. For more information visit COVID-19 Hospitals Dashboard.
Rental assistance ending for San Benito families—New federal relief package may extend program, but it may not prevent some county residents from being evicted.
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital expands community testing for COVID-19—New test site open at the community health center on Sunset Drive in Hollister. By appointment only.
Gov. Newsom unveils California’s Safe Schools for All plan —State strategy focuses on ensuring implementation and building confidence by bringing back the youngest children (TK-2) and those who are most vulnerable first, then phasing in other grade levels through the spring.
In a Dec. 30 conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the new strain of COVID-19, first diagnosed in Britain, has been found in Southern California. Fauci said what is known to date about this strain is, while it can be transmitted easier than the strains we have already be exposed to, morbidity and mortality are not higher for this strain. He added there is indication that immunity following infection of this strain could last longer than that of other strains, and that current vaccines will be effective in preventing this strain.
California vaccine information can be found here.
California distribution recommendations can be seen here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced on Dec. 30 that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021.
See more information here.
Medicare.gov released a warning about COVID-19 vaccine scams.
Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to customers, so if anyone asks to share a personal Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, it’s most likely a scam.
Here’s what to know:
- You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
- You can’t pay to get early access to a vaccine.
- Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee.
See full warning 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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