June 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

198 people have tested positive since February, 14 are active patients, 182 have recovered; Supervisors Botelho and Hernandez to host June 30 virtual focus group; CDC eliminates age as risk factor.

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 4:41 p.m. on June 26, 198 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in San Benito County since February. Fourteen are active patients, 182 have recovered and two have died. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.


Recent Articles

Q&A: Dr. David Ghilarducci talks about COVID-19 in the county— Over 80 infections were reported from June 1-21, according to county reports.

HSD Board of Trustees approves reopening planFirst day of instruction is Aug. 17.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed age as a factor for higher risk of COVID-19 infections. Heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, sickle cell disease and a compromised immune system are among the risk factors.

It also determined that with the virus, pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to the intensive care unit and put on a ventilator than nonpregnant women.

Additionally, it has determined that based on antibody testing, the infection rate in the US could be 10 times higher than the official total.


The Hollister School District approved on a reopening plan that includes a choice for students between a hybrid model and an online-only model. The first day of instruction is Aug. 17.


On June 30, San Benito County Supervisors Anthony Botelho and Peter Hernandez will host a small business grant focus group on Zoom that will also be broadcast live via Facebook on the San Benito County Facebook page (

The meeting will discuss details about the the Business Recovery Assistance Grant Program aimed at helping small businesses who suffered financially due to the pandemic. *Applications for this funding will be available on June 30.

The meeting will discuss:
1) Overview of the Business Recovery Assistance Grant Program utilizing federal funding (CARES Act).
2) How the program works.
3) Timeline.
4) Criteria and exceptions.
5) Allowable usage of funds and follow-up.
6) The application process.

Register in advance here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the webinar.


-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


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 percent 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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