June 18 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

153 people have tested positive since February, 28 are active patients, 123 have recovered; Hollister Street Festival and Car Show postponed to Oct. 17; State mandates wearing face coverings in public.

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 5:12 p.m. on June 18, 153 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in San Benito County since February. Twenty-eight are active patients, 123 have recovered and two have died. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.

Recent Articles

Groups hold second farmworker relief drive in San Juan Bautista—860 receive food and other donated items.

Cancellations and Postponements

The Hollister Street Festival and Car Show has been postponed until Saturday, Oct. 17. The Hollister Downtown Association, which hosts the show, said it had a record number of entrants in 2019.

If you have already pre-registered your car and are unable to attend, please contact the HDA office at [email protected] or call (831) 636-8406.


-The State of California is offering an EBT card to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school. Known as Pandemic EBT or P-EBT, benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply.

Families with eligible children who have not yet received their card must apply online before June 30. The online application is at

San Benito County Behavioral Health is extending Esperanza Center opening hours. It is now open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


The state of California has mandated the wearing of face coverings in public and in higher-risk situations, especially indoors.

See state order here. 


-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

Contact Cal/OSHA at (844) 522-6734.

 State and federal elected officials’ COVID-19 web pages:


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. Hollister.

Sign-ups for supplemental food are done by phone 831-637-0340

Food Distribution Salvation Army

Drive-thru service Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at 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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