Feb. 18 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Five new cases reported, 5,606 people have tested positive, 109 are active patients, 5,440 have recovered and 57 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 7.3%.

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 4:34 p.m. on Feb 18, 5,606 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. One hundred nine are active patients, 5,440 have recovered and 57 have died, with the latest deaths reported Feb. 9. The county’s current positivity rate is 7.3%. 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 52 ICU beds open and Santa Clara County hospitals have 52 with four 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. Click here to view a description of each phase and tier.

Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.


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:

Current County vaccine distribution:

  • Individuals 65 and older
  • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
  • Education and childcare
  • Emergency services
  • Food and agriculture

Californians can also sign up for vaccination through the state.

Check eligibility and make appointment here.

San Benito County Public Health Services announced the vaccine delivery for agriculture, food, emergency services and education/childcare sectors

See more details here.


From San Benito County:

The application deadline for Round 2 of the San Benito County Small Business Relief Grant is Feb. 21 at 11 p.m.. The San Benito County Board of Supervisors authorized the opening of a second round of small business relief grants through Federal CARES Act funding. The purpose of this grant is to help businesses directly impacted by the recent Stay-At-Home Order and other current COVID-19 restrictions.

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors authorized $750,000 in total for this new Small Business Grant program. Increments between $5,000 and $15,000 will be prioritized by most impacted by the pandemic.

  • Business must have closed or significantly modified operations due to California’s Regional Stay at Home Order from Dec. 6, 2020, or other current restrictions.
  • Significantly modified operations include business requirements for take-out, curbside, and outdoor only, as well as other modifications contained in state COVID-19 Guidance.

To be eligible, applicants must operate within the County limits of San Benito. All taxes must be current and in good standing, with no outstanding tax liens or legal judgments. Businesses must comply with local and State industry guidance to reduce risk ( and laws, including all “Public Health Orders” as defined by San Benito County Ordinance 1017. Applicants must verify the business has experienced a loss of revenue due to COVID-19.

Eligibility requirements, applications and other program details can be found on our Small Business Grant page.


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:


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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