Health

Feb. 11 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifteen new cases reported, 5,531 people have tested positive, 154 are active patients, 5,320 have recovered and 57 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 9%.

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 4:12 p.m. on Feb. 11, 5,531 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. One hundred fifty four are active patients, 5,320 have recovered and 57 have died, with the latest deaths reported Feb. 9. The county’s current positivity rate is 9%. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital currently has no ICU beds available. Monterey County hospitals have a combined number of 18 ICU beds open and Santa Clara County hospitals have 57 with five of those beds in St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy. For more information visit COVID-19 Hospitals Dashboard.

As of 6:33 p.m. on Feb. 8, San Benito County has received 3,825 first dose vaccines and 1,750 second doses. It has administered 3,268 first doses, 675 second doses and is currently in Phase 1B, tier 1. Prioritization: 75 years and older.

This week’s vaccine allotment: 600 first doses and 485 second doses. Click here to view a description of each phase and tier.

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

Supervisor admits receiving COVID-19 vaccination from SB Health Foundation—Bea Gonzales said a medical provider offered the vaccine because she cares for her 80-year-old mother.

COVID-19 vaccine available to veterans at Marina VA clinic—Central Coast veterans enrolled in VA health care are eligible for inoculation as soon as Feb. 13.

Vaccinations

Residents of San Benito County identified in Phase 1B Tier 1 and 2 of the state’s vaccination plan can complete an interest form at the SBC Vaccination Interest Portal, which will provide Public Health Services the ability to notify those interested about where they may obtain a vaccination as the phase and tiers progress.

It is not a vaccination appointment system; it is a tool to eventually schedule a vaccination appointment.

The Vaccination Interest Portal can be found here: https://hhsa.cosb.us/covid-19-vaccine-info/

-San Benito County Board of Supervisors has sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom asking requesting more vaccines be allotted to the county. The letter reads in part:

“We respectfully request your immediate assistance on several critical issues related to the equitable supply and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to San Benito County. Protecting the health and wellbeing of our county residents is of the utmost importance to us. Expanding the vaccination supply will promote the well being of working families, so we can return to a strong economy and normal day-to-day activities. Special consideration must be given to those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as our Latino and farmworker community. Latinos in San Benito County make up 80 % of the total positive COVID-19 population. This high-risk group should be a priority in the vaccination efforts.”

The letter continues by noting that San Benito County has the 12th lowest per capita vaccination rate among the 58 counties and that the county is not receiving an adequate amount of vaccines to quickly and effectively vaccinate our community.

See attached PDF for full text.

-County vaccine allotment and distribution graphic for the week of Feb. 8.

Resources

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

Alex Padilla

Diane Feinstein

State of California: https://covid19.ca.gov/   https://covid19.ca.gov/es/

CDC/Coronavirus

San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency/Coronavirus

Childcare

Meals for seniors

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.

Public Assistance CalFresh/Medi-Cal/Cash Aid/GA hhsa.cosb.us apply online at www.c4yourself.com 831-636-4180.

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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