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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

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.

Free COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no charge for anyone aged 12 or older at our Ballad Health Vaccine Center.

No appointment is necessary, but you can book an appointment online for the Johnson City Vaccine Center:

Schedule Your Vaccination

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

Or call Ballad Health Nurse Connect at 833-822-5523 to schedule your vaccination. Nurse Connect is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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.

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