Week of March 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

5,846 people have tested positive, 28 are active patients, 5,757 have recovered and 61 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 3%.

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 3:45 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 5,846 people in San Benito County have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first confirmed case in February 2020. Twenty-eight are active patients, 5,757 have recovered and 61 have died, with the latest deaths reported March 1. The county’s current positivity rate is 3%. For the most updated information, visit the San Benito County COVID-19 Dashboard.

County vaccine allocation for the week from the state: 1,170. Includes first and second doses.

Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.
Information courtesy of SBC Public Health Services.

Recent articles

State and federal bills funding reopening of schools—Superintendent of Schools Krystal Lomanto gives update to SBC Board of Education.

State to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility starting April 1—Individuals aged 50+ will be eligible to make appointments on that date, and individuals 16+ will be eligible to make appointments starting April 15.

SBC Public Health identifies three cases of COVID-19 variants—Variants have also been found in neighboring counties and across the state.


San Benito County Interim Public Health Officers Dr. David Ghilarducci and Dr. George Gellart addressed the community’s COVID-19 questions March 19. Prerecorded video of the event is available on their Facebook page and YouTube Channel following the event. Next scheduled event April 2.

Visit for more information.


-Starting April 1, all Californians 50 years and older are eligible for vaccination. Starting April 15, all individuals 16 years and older are eligible.

The state registration and notification site MyTurn can be accessed here: MyTurn website

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

-On March 23, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors sent a second letter to the Governor asking for a fair allocation of vaccine. The County still receives a lower allocation rate than most other counties.

-OptumServe is expected to open a mass vaccination site at Rancho San Justo Middle School at the end of the month. Next week’s schedule is Tuesday, March 30 to Thursday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration (48 hours prior to appointment) is handled through through MyTurn.


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


SBC remains in the red tier (substantial) of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.


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 [email protected] 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                      

  • 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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