"There are a lot of people I have talked to who are happy because they have been able to take the time to reconnect with their families and slow down to see the sky," said Robert Johnson, a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist in Hollister. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Health

Taking time for mental wellness

Therapists share tools and strategies for coping with shelter-in-place.

Adding a twist to a traditional pancake recipe can be a fun way to experiment in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Martin.

San Benito Lifestyle

Simple, delicious recipes to try at home

Jennifer Martin of Hollister offers cooking tips and meals to make with family.

Mary Margaret Lanning, creator and owner of Overall Fitness and Nutrition, demonstrates a straight arm plank. Photo courtesy of Mary Marguerite Lanning.

Health / Fitness

Tips for exercising at home

How to adopt, or maintain, fitness goals while sheltering in place.

Local Realtor and amateur photographer Donna Silva took pictures of families on their front porches with a zoom lens to be able to safely follow social distancing guidelines. Photos taken and provided by Donna Silva.

San Benito Lifestyle

Amateur photographer takes up ‘front porch portrait’ challenge

Using a long lens, Donna Silva captures her subjects from a distance.

Health

County reminds public to observe religious practices at home

Impacts observances where gatherings usually take place, including Holy Week and Easter, Passover, Orthodox Easter, Ramadan and other religious practices. Church leaders and religious organizations are urged to close in-person services and not bring large groups of people together while the health order is in force.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

April 7 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Thirty-one confirmed cases since February, 12 of which are active, 17 recovered; Recology's student art poster competition still accepting entries; Gov. Newsom's press conference centers around mental and emotional health.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

April 6 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Thirty confirmed cases since February, 13 active, 15 recovered and two deaths; SBHS meal distribution schedule changes to Mon/Wed/Fri starting April 13; California Conservation Corps assists at Community FoodBank.

Caroline Perry, a student at Ladd Lane, working on school work at home. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Sheltered at home, San Benito students study with homework packets

Schools in Hollister send out review work each week on math, science, reading and art.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

April 3 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are 23 confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, six of which are active, 15 recovered and two dead; HSD moves free student meals to one day per week; Sip Savor Celebrate fundraiser rescheduled to October; regional community foundations establish relief funds.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

April 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are 23 confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, 11 of which are active and 11 recovered; Save Mart/Lucky stores add dedicated shopping hours for first responders; free April 3 webinar on disaster loan opportunities for small businesses.

Items purchased by the department for donation. Photo provided by SBC Behavioral Health.

Government / Politics

SBC Behavioral Health helps with donations and housing assistance

Department has been able to issue funds to help the homeless and at-risk of homelessness population with mental illness.

Carl Saling distributing his donation of hand sanitizer. Photo courtesy of the San Benito County government Twitter account.

Business / Economy

Hollister Cannabis Co. donates hand sanitizer

Bottles are being distributed to most vulnerable and frontline workers.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

April 1 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are 23 confirmed cases in San Benito County since February, 12 of which are active and 10 recovered; schools expected to be closed through end of school year; SBHS to hold virtual graduation ceremony for class of 2020; Panetta co-introduces legislation.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

SBC Board of Supervisors calls on National Guard for support

Members will assist with sorting, packing and food distribution at Community FoodBank on April 3.

Nine-year-old Bella and six-year-old Luca make their daily schedule. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Children and Youth

Parenting during the coronavirus pandemic

A mother of two gives her frontline account. It takes a little while to set goals and get a schedule going, but part of the learning experience is accepting the limits that come with this crisis.