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Local COVID-19 News

Coronavirus Disease 2019 updates from Ballad Health and the Appalachian Highlands region


For Ballad Health visitation restrictions and other COVID-19 information, please visit our COVID-19 page.

Stay-at-home orders in Tenn. and Va.

Effective April 1, Governors Lee and Northam issued statewide stay-at-home orders for Tennessee and Virginia. The order in Tennessee remains in place until April 30, Virginia until June 10.

Learn more about these stay-at-home orders.

Physical distancing scorecard for our region

Ballad Health is now producing a regular report on the effectiveness of physical distancing efforts in the Appalachian Highlands.

Learn more about the physical distancing scorecard.

Local updates

October 23, 2020

Ballad Health issues statement on positive COVID-19 cases at Johnson City Medical Center

As of Friday, Oct. 23, 22 team members and six patients have tested positive for COVID-19. Positive team members are in isolation at their homes, and the affected patients have been isolated in a designated, closed COVID-19 unit within the facility. To date, the cases have been contained to a single progressive care unit at the hospital.

June 22, 2020

Ballad Health urges caution in COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizes the continued risks

Alan Levine, Ballad Health’s chairman and CEO, said caution is especially warranted now, during vacation season and as the Fourth of July holiday approaches. More than half of the new COVID-19 cases at Ballad Health have been related to travel, and popular vacation spots such as Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Florida are reporting enormous spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Large gatherings, including family events, parties and community functions, have an inherently higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. Ballad Health leaders emphasize an increased need for masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing in these instances. Read more about these continued COVID-19 risks.

Apr. 30, 2020

Expanded COVID-19 testing

Following Ballad Health’s rapid testing capabilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we have now expanded our testing options even further. Beginning today, April 30, we are making COVID-19 testing available to anyone who feels they need it, regardless of symptoms or potential exposure.

Community members who would like to be tested will need to call our Nurse Connect hotline at 833-822-5523.

Please note: There is a $52 charge for the tests and tests might become limited, due to increased testing we will begin on patients who are scheduled for elective surgeries.

Elective surgeries to resume

Ballad Health’s surgery sub-committee – a group comprised of physicians and leaders from throughout our system, representing a depth of specialties, markets and expertise – in conjunction with the state Economic Recovery Group, has made recommendations to begin resuming elective surgeries, with some procedures able to be scheduled for Monday, May 4.

We will take a careful, phased-in approach that was developed by our physician-led elective procedures taskforce, remaining remain mindful of our staffing, supplies and triage levels.

Apr. 22, 2020

Barbara Humphreys Birthing Center relocates to new Women’s and Newborn Center of Excellence at Indian Path

This move will help with near-term efforts to enhance capacity for responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, while also leading towards the establishment of a dedicated women’s and newborn hospital linked with regional high-acuity children’s services. Learn more about the new Humphreys Birthing Center.

Apr. 16, 2020

Ballad Health partners with Mayo Clinic for COVID-19 research

Ballad Health has announced a partnership with Mayo Clinic to conduct a national coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) research study, which will examine convalescent plasma as an experimental treatment. Read more about this plasma study.