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Health

March 18 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Inn at Tres Pinos open for pick-up dining and delivery services; Hollister Super sets aside exclusive shopping hours for seniors 65+, the disabled and their caregivers starting March 19; Entrance fees waived at Pinnacles National Park.

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.’

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Health

March 17 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Closures and cancellations in the community.

Hollister City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

Hollister closes city offices to the public

Order is effective immediately.

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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.

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.

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Health

San Benito Stage Company Casino Night postponed

Fundraiser expected to be rescheduled later this year.

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Health

One new coronavirus case confirmed in San Benito County

San Benito County Public Health Services did not provide information about the individual and where they live, but said they are self-isolating at home.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta requests IRS provide update on coronavirus impact on filing season

In addition to requesting an evaluation of whether the April 15 filing deadline needs to be extended this year, the release said members asked Commissioner Rettig to consider the need for relief from certain filing and payment penalties for taxpayers and communities affected by COVID-19.

San Benito High School administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School gives updates on status of campus events and sports

As of the afternoon of Thursday, March 12, the San Benito County Public Health Department is not recommending closing school.

The Briggs Building in downtown Hollister, where Gavilan College offers courses. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College lecture classes to go online in response to coronavirus

Classes will meet as usual on March 13, March 16 and March 17 so that faculty can instruct students in the use of the online format. Lecture classes will be transitioned into fully online format by March 18.