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February 25, 2024

Covid-19 testing site reduces hours starting next week

Starting Oct. 16, a local Covid-19 testing service will change their hours of operation in San Benito County. Mobile testing services will remain available at various locations throughout the week.  The OptumServe clinic will offer its Covid-19 PCR and Rapid Antigen testing and treatment services...

San Benito County: Bivalent boosters most effective against current Omicron variants

Earlier this month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer and Modern bivalent vaccine (“two strain”) boosters for everyone aged 12 and older, following completion of their primary series at least two months earlier, regardless of vaccine product used, according to a...

CDC: Covid exposure no longer requires quarantine

People who have been exposed to Covid-19 will no longer be required to quarantine under updated public health guidance issued Aug. 11 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those exposed to the virus are now encouraged to wear a mask for 10...

CDC expands Covid-19 booster eligibility to children 5 and older

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded the eligibility of Covid-19 vaccine booster doses to everyone 5 years of age and older, San Benito County health officials advised in a press release. Specifically, the CDC recommends that children ages 5-11...

Covid-19 ‘test-to-treat’ sites open in Hollister

The San Benito County OptumServe Covid-19 testing sites now offer test-to-treat options, where individuals can get tested for the novel coronavirus and speak with a healthcare provider about available treatment choices if they test positive. If eligible, patients can leave the site with those...

FDA approves first non-prescription Covid test that also detects flu

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its approval Monday of the first non-prescription at-home Covid-19 test that also detects the flu.  The test allows users to swab the inside of their nose and send the sample to the test's manufacturer, Labcorp, for analysis. In...

With Covid rates rising, health officials urge caution

With the Bay Area currently showing the highest Covid-19 infection rates in California, health officers are reminding people of the importance of safety precautions such as continued masking indoors and vaccine boosters. The current wave of infections is fueled by the highly contagious Omicron subvariants,...

FDA approves second Covid booster dose for immunocompromised

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a second Covid-19 booster vaccine dose Tuesday for some immunocompromised people as well as all adults over the age of 50.  A second booster dose of either mRNA vaccine will be available for eligible people at least four...

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...

Mobile Covid-19 test site comes to Hollister Feb. 23

Starting Feb. 23, a mobile OptumServe Covid-19 testing bus will be offering appointment-based and drop-in tests in Hollister, says a press release. The testing bus will be located at Brigantino Park, 2045 San Juan Hollister Road in Hollister. The Covid-19 mobile testing bus will be...

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