County Express bus entering the Hazel Hawkins emergency room parking lot. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

SBC Public Health provides preventative steps against circulating viruses

The county says an uptick in COVID-19, RSV and flu is causing increased hospital visits in San Benito County and neighboring counties.  

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News Release

SBC providing free flu testing

The flu tests will only be used for symptomatic individuals only and asymptomatic individuals will only be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. File photo by Robert Eliason.

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OptumServe expands COVID-19 testing and treatment services sites

Sites to include Tres Pinos, Aromas and San Juan Bautista.

Anna Lujan holds pictures of herself and her father, Epimenio Morales, at the county's 2021 tribute to people who died of COVID-19. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

Older adults still at highest risk for COVID

Vaccines are widely available in San Benito County, with new treatments for the immunocompromised.

Administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Leslie David.

News Release

CDC expands COVID-19 vaccine booster eligibility

Residents 5 years of age and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

Police / Fire

Hollister police honors fallen officers

National Police Week ceremony honors 38 California officers who died in the line of duty in 2021.

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News Release

Health officers stress safety measures against COVID

Health officers say recent COVID infection surge is fueled by 'highly contagious Omicron subvariants.'

Administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Leslie David.

News Release

Federal agencies approve second COVID-19 vaccine booster for certain individuals

Population includes those 50 years of age and older, and those considered immunocompromised.

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News

Week of March 25 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

12,939 people tested positive, 8 are active patients, and 99 have died.

Image from video of the meeting.

Health

San Benito County gets COVID-19 update

The vaccination rate is 73.6% among eligible residents.

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News

Week of March 4 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

12,897 people tested positive, 20 are active patients, 12,763 have recovered and 96 have died.

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News

Week of Feb. 25 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

12,836 people tested positive, 42 are active patients, 12,699 have recovered and 95 have died.

ER staff at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

COVID booster deadline looms for California health care workers

Hazel Hawkins employees have mixed opinions about the vaccine mandate.

San Benito County Fair. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

Congress seeks funding for agricultural fairs

San Benito County Fair was held in-person in 2021 after a drive-thru model was tried in 2020.

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Week of Feb. 11 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

12,590 people tested positive, 156 are active patients, 12,342 have recovered and 92 have died.