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 travelling outside of the Appalachian Highlands region and limit visitors from outside the area – especially from known COVID-19 hotspots.
Are you sick?
If you’re sick, stay home.
If a family member is sick, keep them home.
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.
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.
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 no charge for anyone age 5 or older at Ballad Health.
No appointment is necessary, but you can book an appointment online for the Johnson City Vaccine Center:
The vaccine center is located in The Mall of Johnson City at the former Goody's entrance near Forever 21.
If you'd like to schedule your vaccination at a Ballad Health clinic or pharmacy, please speak to your provider.
Your second dose will be scheduled at the center when you get your first dose.
Think you might have COVID-19?
COVID-19 drive-thru testing
If you are concerned you may be ill, schedule a COVID-19 test online at one of our drive-thru 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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