Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.
Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

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 4:04 p.m. on August 27, 6,657 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. One hundred thirty-one are active patients, 6,461 have recovered, eight are hospitalized and 65 have died, with the latest deaths reported Aug. 24. For the most updated information, including bi-weekly statistics about variants and number of vaccinated individuals visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.  (The county will provide graph reports every Tuesday and Thursday. The dashboard is updated daily.)

Bi-Weekly Statistics Aug. 26

Recent Articles

San Benito County to test unvaccinated county employees twice a week

Supervisors clear the public from chambers in response to interruptions. 


Vaccines are available at several sites throughout the county and appointment and distribution criteria varies. More details here.

Link to find vaccine appointments:

The federal government has authorized a third shot of the Pfizer and Modera vaccines beginning September 20, 2021. It recommends this shot be administered eight months following the second shot.

On Aug. 23 the FDA gave full approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

See announcement here.

On Aug. 25, 2021, the County Board of Supervisors mandated weekly testing for all unvaccinated county employees.

Vaccination Progress

San Benito County vaccination statistics from the state COVID-19 site as of 11:59 p.m., August 26.

  • 70,165 doses have been administered.
  • 62% of eligible individuals are fully vaccinated.
  • 11.5% are partially vaccinated.


Percent of San Benito County population by ethnicity with at least one dose.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native-0.3 (3.1% of SBC population)
  • Asian – 3.4 (3.9% of SBC population)
  • Black -0.7 (1.6% of SBC population)
  • Latino -44.1 (60.8% of SBC population)
  • Multi-race -0.6 (3.6% of SBC population)
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander -0.4 (0.4% of SBC population)
  • White-27.2 (32.8% of population)
  • Other -8.1
  • Unknown – 15.2

Percent fully vaccinated per zip code:

  • 95023- 61 (Hollister)
  • 95045- 57 (SJB)
  • 95043- 36 (Paicines, Panoche Valley and New Idria)
  • 95075- 84 (Tres Pinos)
  • 95004- 67 (Aromas. 95004 extends into three counties-San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz. Count is for entire zip code)

More statistical information on the County’s vaccination progress can be found here. 



State rent assistance resource for tenants and landlords. Housing is Key

The states eviction moratorium has been extended until Oct. 1.


On Aug. 27, Californians will begin receiving the second round of Golden State Stimulus payments.

  • First round: 1) $600 payment to taxpayers with a Social Security Number who qualified for CalEITC (making $30,000 or less); 2) $600 payment to qualified ITIN filers making $75,000 or less; 3) $1,200 payment to qualified ITIN filers who also qualified for CalEITC.
  • Second round: 1) $600 payment to taxpayers with a Social Security Number making $75,000 or less who did not receive a first payment; 2) $1,000 payment to qualified ITIN filers making $75,000 or less and have one or more dependents.
  • Additional payment for families with dependents: Qualified families who file with a Social Security Number with one or more dependents are eligible for an additional $500.



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

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 or click Chat Now

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 confidential workplace safety complaint.

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.

Jimmy Panetta

Anna Caballero

Robert Rivas

Alex Padilla

Diane Feinstein

State of California:


San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency/Coronavirus


Meals for seniors

Food Distribution Community Food Bank

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 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.

Public Assistance CalFresh/Medi-Cal/Cash Aid/GA apply online at 831-636-4180.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Employment Development Department apply online at 831-638-3306.

Senior Services Delivery of essential items and food City of Hollister and Jovenes de Antano 831-636-4390.

Disability/Paid Family Leave Employment Development Department apply online at 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     


  • Get vaccinated
  • 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.
  • Avoid public indoor places.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with protective covering when indoors with the public.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects.


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