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 4:16 p.m. on Jan. 25, 5,172 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. Three hundred twenty two are active patients, 4,799 have recovered and 51 have died, with the latest deaths reported Jan. 25. The county’s current positivity rate is 17.4%. 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 16 ICU beds open and Santa Clara County hospitals have 37 with one of those beds in St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy. For more information visit COVID-19 Hospitals Dashboard.
As of Jan. 21, San Benito County has received 2,215 first dose vaccines and 1,130 second doses. It has administered 1,732 first doses, 248 second doses and is currently in Phase 1A, tiers 1, 2 and 3. Click here to view a description of each phase and tier.
State health officials lift regional stay at home order—Counties now return to the color-coded tier system. San Benito County is in the strictest tier (purple). Services such as outdoor dining and personal care services can resume immediately with required modifications.
Anderson Homes helps nonprofits serve through COVID-19—Third year of ‘Giving Back Starts at Home’ promotion gave a combined $7,500 to five San Benito nonprofits.
-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/
-From the State of California:
Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Jan. 25 that California has tripled the pace of vaccinations from 43,459 per day on Jan. 4 to 131,620 on Jan. 15. The 10-day effort to ramp up vaccinations exposed key improvements needed to administer even more vaccines when increased supply becomes available. Newsom announced actions to address these challenges by simplifying the eligibility framework, standardizing vaccine information and data and ensuring the available supply of vaccine is administered as quickly as possible.
See more here.
From the Office of the Governor:
Jan 25: “We are announcing an agreement to extend the eviction moratorium in California through June 30, 2021 – protecting tenants and small landlords from losing their housing as the nation continues to confront the pandemic. We are also moving forward as quickly as possible to deploy California’s share of the latest federal stimulus bill – ensuring that up to $2.6 billion in renter aid is administered quickly, equitably and accountably.”
The state will provide more information later this week.
The state has lifted all regional stay at home orders. San Benito County remains in the strictest (purple) tier and returns to restrictions under such effective immediately.
- All retail (including critical infrastructure, except standalone grocers): Open indoors with modifications and 25% limited capacity.
- Hair salons and barbershops: Open indoors with modifications
- Shopping centers and malls: Open indoors with modifications and 25% limited capacity. Common areas and food courts must remain closed.
- Personal care services (i.e. nail salons, waxing studios, etc): Open indoors with modifications
- Hotels and lodging: Open with modifications
- Professional Sports: Open without live audiences and with modifications.\
- All gatherings: must be outdoors only with modifications and limited to three households
- Outdoor playgrounds: open with modifications
- Museums, Aquariums, and Zoos: Open outdoors only with modifications
- Places of worship: Open outdoors only with modifications
- Movie theaters: Open outdoors only with modifications
- Gyms and Fitness Centers: Open outdoors only with modifications
- Restaurants: Open outdoors only with modifications
- Wineries: Open outdoors only with modifications
- Family Entertainment Center: Open outdoors only with modifications (i.e. go-kart racing, mini-golf, and batting cages)
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering: Open outdoors only with modifications
- Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries (where no meal is provided. Follow restaurant guidance when meals are provided.)
- Offices (remote with modifications)
- Amusement Parks
- Indoor movie theaters
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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