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Protect Yourself from COVID-19

Staying at home is your best protection.

COVID-19 is now spreading in our community.

Our country is experiencing widespread cases in 11 states and counting, straining hospitals to capacity.

Working together as a community, we can prevent this from happening here.

Avoid travel

Avoid travelling outside of the Appalachian Highlands region and limit visitors from outside the area – especially from known COVID-19 hotspots.

COVID-19 hot spots map graphic (as of March 27,2020)

Are you sick?


If you’re sick, stay home.

If a family member is sick, keep them home.

Then call

Call Ballad Health Nurse Connect at 833-822-5523.


  • Groups of more than 10
  • People who are sick, sneezing or coughing

And keep a distance of six feet in any smaller gatherings.

6-foot social distance illustration

Wear a mask

To help protect our community from COVID-19, you should wear a handmade cloth mask in public.

Wash up

Washing your hands is your best defense to prevent exposure to this virus.

Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds – especially after sneezing or touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes.

And please try not touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used as an alternative, but handwashing is your best defense.

COVID-19 vaccines

If you are 12 or older, you can now schedule an appointment online for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at our Ballad Health Vaccine Center. Your second dose will be scheduled at the center when you get your first dose.

Schedule your appointment at our local vaccine center today:

The Johnson City Vaccine Center is located in The Mall of Johnson City at the former Goody's entrance near Forever 21.

Think you might have COVID-19?

You can schedule COVID-19 testing online.

Just select “COVID-related visit” on the scheduling form and follow the steps to find a testing location near you.

Or call 833-822-5523 to be screened. This Ballad Health Nurse Connect line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can also use this Coronavirus Screening Tool to help determine if you or a loved one need to seek medical care.

More coronavirus information can be found on our COVID-19 page.

Or follow us on social media to keep up-to-date on Ballad Health’s response.