July 23 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

513 people have tested positive since February, 64 are active patients, 447 have recovered; volunteers needed for Feeding the Frontlines food distribution events on Aug. 9 and Aug. 15; city of Hollister requests input from public on San Benito Street closure for outdoor dining.

With everything happening with the coronavirus pandemic, we at BenitoLink want to provide a roundup of recent articles, as well as closures and cancellations happening in San Benito County.

As of 4:42 p.m. on July 23, 513 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in San Benito County since February. Sixty-four are active patients, 447 have recovered and two have died. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.

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

How California’s budget crisis is affecting farmworker legislation—Assemblymember Robert Rivas says because of COVID-19, ‘we have no clear idea of what the state’s income will be over the year.’

SBHS gives scheduled start dates for athletics—Fall season official start date is scheduled for Dec. 14.


Volunteers needed for Feeding the Frontlines Food Distribution events on Aug. 9 and Aug. 15 from 4-6 p.m.

Contact San Benito Health Foundation at 831- 637-5306 or for more info.


On May 15, the Hollister City Council approved a resolution authorizing the temporary closure of San Benito Street from May 22 to Aug. 17. Since then the city has tested different plans, from closing San Benito Street on weekends only to a continuous closure. The San Benito Street closure will be reviewed at the council’s meeting on Aug. 3, and they are seeking community input.

Share thoughts and suggestions regarding outdoor dining by July 29.


From the California Arts Council:

We’re excited to announce our newest grant opportunity to aid California’s individual artists & cultural practitioners impacted by COVID-19. More than 900 artists to be supported! Apply now to receive $1,000 in unrestricted rapid-relief funding through an easy application process, administered in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation.


The State has several hotlines for residents to call for suicide prevention, abuse, and mental health.

Link to resources

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

Kamala Harris

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, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1133 San Felipe Rd. 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


Unemployment Insurance Benefits Employment Development Department

apply online at


Senior Services Delivery of essential items and food City of Hollister and Jovenes de Antano

[email protected]


Disability/Paid Family Leave Employment Development Department

apply online at


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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