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June 28, 2022

Omicron drives Covid-19 cases up in San Benito County

San Benito County faces another rising surge of Covid-19 cases, driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant of the virus, according to authorities. The wave of new cases hasn’t resulted in a major strain on the local hospital or healthcare providers—largely because Omicron doesn’t appear...

Omicron variant knocks on San Benito County’s door

With recent reports that the highly contagious Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has reached San Benito County’s neighbor to the north, authorities are reminding local residents of the importance of seeking vaccinations and booster shots, as well as taking other measures to prevent...

State restores indoor mask mandate

California will restore an indoor mask mandate this week in the wake of a recent increase in Covid-19 cases, one of the state's top health officials said Monday. State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the state will reimplement an indoor mask...

Community partnership helps vaccinate San Benito County

The power of community outreach support between the San Benito Health Foundation and Youth Alliance is having a positive outcome in their outreach for a healthier community.  The ongoing vaccine outreach movement is a commitment to bettering the community by investing time and resources in...

SBC Public Health to host forum on ‘kids and Covid-19 vaccines’

The San Benito County Department of Public Health Services will host a virtual town hall on “kids and Covid-19 vaccines” on Dec. 14, says a press release from the county. The online session will take place on Zoom from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. County Health Officer...

Covid-19 vaccine boosters available in San Benito County

Covid-19 vaccine boosters are available to all adults 18 years and older who qualify based on the timing of their previous doses of the vaccine, according to San Benito County health officials.  Anyone in a higher-risk group—including seniors 65 and older, people with underlying medical...

County health officials tout Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11

San Benito County health officials this week hailed the recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children who are 5 to 11 years old. “As a parent and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school staff, and children have been waiting for today’s...

San Benito County sixth-grader hospitalized with Covid-19

An 11-year-old Spring Grove School student suffered a medical emergency at the school Oct. 19, and is now hospitalized in critical condition, according to authorities. The student tested positive for Covid-19. The sixth-grade student was transported from Spring Grove School—located off Fairview Road in northeast...

Social distancing, hybrid format to continue at public meetings

Social distancing, as well as virtual or hybrid style sessions, will likely continue for the foreseeable future for public government board, council and commission meetings throughout San Benito County. On Sept. 30, San Benito County Interim Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci issued such a recommendation,...

San Benito County: How would you spend $12.2 million? 

San Benito County will receive more than $12 million in Covid-related relief funds from the federal government, and local officials are asking residents and community members how it should be spent. The funds, to the tune of about $12.2 million, are from the American Rescue...

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