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May 25, 2022

San Benito County prepares for virus

Since San Benito County’s first two cases of the coronavirus were reported in early February, no new cases have been identified in the county. Local health officials—public and private—aren’t taking any chances. The county Board of Supervisors on March 10 proclaimed a “state of emergency” to...

San Benito County to join ‘shelter at home’ counties

San Benito County's Department of Public Health is expected to announce this afternoon a countywide "shelter at home" order. The order will extend the countywide school closures and affect most businesses and government functions. A 2pm press conference was scheduled to announce the details of the...

County approves expansion for personal services

San Benito County officials will allow businesses such as waxing salons and tattoo parlors to begin reopening at the end of the week.  According to a press release, County Interim Public Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci approved for the county to move into Stage 3...

Health officials and representatives stress importance of stay-home order

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital's Ken Underwood and Michael Bogey were two of the four speakers in a March 27 “Tele-Town Hall” hosted by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) and Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas). Underwood, the CEO of Hazel Hawkins Hospital, and Bogey, the medical director,...

County: Resist the urge to leave home Easter weekend

This Easter weekend, though, San Benito County authorities are strongly urging residents to stay home as the health officer’s shelter-at-home order remains in effect.

County set on returning Great Plates Delivered program

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services announced that they are trying to team up once again with local restaurants to run a meal delivery service that helps California’s older population.   County Public Information Officer David Westrick issued a press release on Jan. 13...

Police use Narcan to save overdose patients

For at least the second time in less than a month, police delivered the Narcan medication to a San Benito County resident June 1 who had just suffered a drug overdose, according to authorities. Hollister Police officers, fire personnel and medics from American Medical Response...

More California children hospitalized in Omicron surge

Covid-19 hospitalizations among California's children—especially those too young to go to school—are the highest they have been since the pandemic began. Chalk it up to the highly contagious omicron variant, kids exposed during in-person instruction at school and other public places, and infants and preschoolers...

County officials sound alarms about fentanyl

San Benito County public safety and health officials are sounding the alarm about the dangers of fentanyl—a powerful opioid—after a recent and ongoing spike in drug overdoses. In the last three months alone, 17 people in San Benito County have suffered opioid overdoses, requiring emergency...

State to lift indoor mask requirements for unvaccinated, schools, child care

California will lift its indoor mask requirements Tuesday for unvaccinated people and March 12 for schools and child care facilities, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Feb. 28. The changes will mark the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began that both unvaccinated people and students will...

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