As a public service, the BenitoLink team provides a frequent roundup of recent COVID-19 related data, resources and articles about San Benito County.
As of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 5,911 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. Forty-seven are active patients, 5,802 have recovered and 62 have died, with the latest deaths reported April 5. The county’s current positivity rate is 2.4%. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.
Vaccines providers in San Benito County include Dr. Bress, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, Lucky’s, Safeway, San Benito Health Foundation, San Benito County Public Health, Primary Care Associates, iCare Pharmacy and Dr. Grajeda. Register on MyTurn. For out-of-county vaccination information click here.
This week’s articles
Bars, breweries and distilleries may resume outdoor operations. Fairs are also allowed at 25% capacity.
Students returning to campus on hybrid schedule.
High school seniors face new challenges when it comes to applying to universities.
San Benito County Interim Public Health Officers Dr. David Ghilarducci and Dr. George Gellart addressed the community’s COVID-19 questions April 2.
Next scheduled event April 16.
Visit www.sbccovid19.us for more information.
Starting April 15 all individuals 16 years and older are eligible for vaccination. The State registration site MyTurn can be accessed here: MyTurn website
Hollister School District plans to return to in-person instruction on April 12 with hybrid model.
San Benito High School plans to return to in-person instruction on April 19 with hybrid model. Details here.
State rent assistance resource for tenants and landlords. Housing is Key
San Benito County entered the orange tier (moderate) of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on April 6. Details here.
Also on April 6, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that with 20 million vaccines administered and the lowest case rates in the nation, California is scheduled to reopen the economy on June 15 with mandated masking and a continued focus on equitable vaccine administration. More information here.
The State has several hotlines for residents to call for suicide prevention, abuse, and mental health:
24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text 838255
Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.
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 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.
Food Distribution Community Food Bank www.communityfoodbankofsbc.org
Drive-thru service at the marketplace Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1133 San Felipe Rd. in Hollister. Sign-ups for supplemental food are done by phone 831-637-0340
Food Distribution Salvation Army hollister.salvationarmy.org 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.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits Employment Development Department apply online at www.edd.ca.gov/ui_online 831-638-3306.
Senior Services Delivery of essential items and food City of Hollister and Jovenes de Antano [email protected] 831-636-4390.
Disability/Paid Family Leave Employment Development Department apply online at www.edd.ca.gov/sdi_online 831-638-3306.
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% 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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