Health

Jan. 13 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Two deaths and 88 new cases reported, 4,596 people have tested positive, 701 are active patients, 3,854 have recovered and 41 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

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 4:36 p.m. on Jan 13, 4,596 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. Seven hundred and one are active patients, 3,854 have recovered and 41 have died, with the latest deaths reported Jan. 13. The county’s current positivity rate is 16.3%. 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 27 ICU beds open and Santa Clara County hospitals have 33 with one of those beds in St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy. For more information visit COVID-19 Hospitals Dashboard.

As of Jan. 7, San Benito County has received approximately 1,300 does of COVID-19 vaccine (1st and 2nd doses), distributed 560 doses and is currently in Phase 1A, tiers 1,2 and 3. 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

San Benito County drafting new ordinance to address noncompliance with COVID-19 regulations—Supervisors will consider legislation at a special Jan. 15 meeting.

Great Plates Delivered meal program returning to SBC—Delivery to qualifying participants is set to begin on Monday, Jan. 18.

Health

San Benito County Office of Emergency Services, in partnership with San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, is bringing back the Great Plates Delivered meal program.

Restaurants interested in providing meals or seniors interested in receiving meals should visit https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

For more information on this program, email Program Coordinator Ashlyn Archibeque at: greatplatessanbenito@gmail.com or call the Chamber office at (831) 637-5315.

See article above for more information. 

Vaccinations

In a statement today, Gov. Gavin Newsom releases the following information:

In order to increase the pace of COVID-19 vaccine distribution to those at greatest risk, the state is prioritizing individuals 65 and older to receive the vaccine as demand subsides among health care workers.

“There is no higher priority than efficiently and equitably distributing these vaccines as quickly as possible to those who face the gravest consequences,” said Newsom. “Individuals 65 and older are now the next group eligible to start receiving vaccines. To those not yet eligible for vaccines, your turn is coming. We are doing everything we can to bring more vaccine into the state.”

See more here.

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 recreation@hollister.ca.gov 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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