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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 of COVID-19, straining hospitals to capacity.

Working together as a community, we can slow the spread of COVID-19.

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

Due to the increased risk of virus transmission with the Omicron variant, the CDC now recommends better-quality masks over cloth coverings to protect against COVID-19, including surgical/procedural, N-95, KN-95 or KF94 masks.

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.

Free COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at your local pharmacy. Search for your closest COVID-19 vaccine location by visiting the CDC's vaccine finder.

Think you might have COVID-19?

COVID-19 testing

If you are concerned you may be ill, schedule a COVID-19 test online at one of our test sites. Ballad Health offers testing for patients of all ages.

Enter your location and select "COVID Testing – No Symptoms" as your reason for visit.

Appointments are required. Referrals aren't needed.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing.

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

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