Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

257 people have tested positive since February, 39 are active patients, 216 recovered; California updates guidelines for fitness facilities and places of worship; Public health officers ask residents to celebrate 4th of July from home.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 1 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

239 people have tested positive since February, 35 are active patients, 202 have recovered; SBHS discusses strategies to open; San Benito Stage Company begins online auditions.

Windmill Market in San Juan Bautista on March 19. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Restocking at San Benito stores slowed by high demand

Hollister Super on Third Street begins exclusive shopping hours for the elderly, disabled and their caretakers.

Tenting outside Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital on March 18. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital has limited ability to test for COVID-19

Specimens can’t be tested in-house and are sent to Monterey County Public Health for evaluation.

San Benito County Administration Building. File Photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County issues order for residents to shelter at home

Order goes into effect March 18. One new COVID-19 case confirmed.

San Benito County Health & Human Services Agency Director Tracey Belton said on March 16 that county and city officials need to work together. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Joint coronavirus meeting highlights need for consistent public message

County Health and Human Services Director: ‘We need to work hard to send this message and answer questions as diligently as we can and keep the health care system functioning.’

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

March 17 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Closures and cancellations in the community.

Government / Politics

Joint government meeting reveals shortcomings, plans for dealing with pandemic

Representatives from San Benito County address how prepared agencies and the hospital are for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Elected officials ask for an organized and united communication plan.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Six Bay Area counties order residents to shelter at home amid coronavirus

UPDATE: Santa Cruz County has now issued an order for residents to shelter at home. San Benito County has not yet issued an order to shelter at home.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

HSD to provide student meals during school closures

Meals will be served between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in the parking lot or bus lane at each school.

San Benito High School administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

SBHS gives update on closure related to coronavirus

The SBHS District Nutrition Services program will continue to provide meals at no charge for all San Benito High School students during the school closure. The school will use a drive-through system and students must be present with their student ID to receive a meal.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista responds to COVID concerns

City said Arts and Crafts Festival is cancelled; Rib Cook Off and Fiesta Run are considering postponing.

Parents wait in the lobby while dance classes are in session. The toys and puzzles seen on the floor have since been removed. Photo by Janelle Cuilla and provided by Amy Redmond Waran.

Health

Local dance studio takes steps to prevent COVID-19 spread

Flying Colors owner considering classes through video.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital ER Director asks community to help control spread of coronavirus

There is currently one active case of COVID-19 in San Benito County. According to the release, 11 other people that had suspicious symptoms were tested at Hazel Hawkins and all tested negative.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

San Benito Stage Company Casino Night postponed

Fundraiser expected to be rescheduled later this year.