Jan. 27 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One death and 23 new cases reported, 5,225 people have tested positive, 329 are active patients, 4,844 have recovered and 52 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 15.7%.

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 3:22 p.m. on Jan. 27, 5,225 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. Three hundred twenty nine are active patients, 4,844 have recovered and 52 have died, with the latest deaths reported Jan. 27. The county’s current positivity rate is 15.7%. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital currently has two ICU beds available. Monterey County hospitals have a combined number of 14 ICU beds open and Santa Clara County hospitals have 47 with one of those beds in St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy. For more information visit COVID-19 Hospitals Dashboard.

As of Jan. 26, San Benito County has received 2,215 first dose vaccines and 1,130 second doses. It has administered 2,180 first doses, 385 second doses and is currently in Phase 1B, tier 1. Prioritization: 75 years and older. 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.


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:

-From County Public Information Officer David Westrick:

I receive lot of questions and concerns about vaccinations.

I want you to know that I completely understand.

This virus has claimed a lot of lives and many are simply scared.

With that, the pace of vaccination is dependent on supply. At the current rate we are looking at vaccine distribution that is much slower than any of us find acceptable.

Our county supervisors and professional staff are seeking answers to your questions and concerns. They have reached out to our state elected officials and state health officials for more vaccine supplies.

Our health department is ready to do mass vaccination clinics when vaccine supplies come available.

When I know more. I will inform all of you.

If you have not signed up for notifications with our vaccine portal, please do so now –

If you want to keep up to date on local COVID-19 information, please text “SBCCOVID” to 888777

If you want to reference our COVID-19 dashboard or seek answers from public health regarding COVID-19 go to our website here and explore – 

Job Openings

Superior Court of California San Benito County is hiring:

Legal Process Clerk I and II-

Court Clerk-…/CourtClerk.pdf

Applications are available upon request at 450 Fourth Street, Hollister, CA 95023

Employment Application

For additional information call (831) 636-4057, ext. 240.


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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