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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 issued 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.

Bi-weekly COVID-19 updates from Ballad Health

Hear updated local information about coronavirus on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., when Ballad Health is hosting Facebook Live videos for our communities and the media. Watch the latest video update, or follow us on Facebook and watch the next event live.

Apr. 7, 2020

ER and outpatient clinic visitation restriction update

Visitors will not be allowed in Ballad Health emergency departments / ERs and outpatient clinics, effective 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8. Read more about these visitation restrictions.

Apr. 1, 2020

Ballad Health to deploy rapid testing for COVID-19

Ballad Health will be among the first healthcare systems in the nation to deploy rapid testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read more about rapid testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mar. 31, 2020

Ballad Health identifies cluster of positive COVID-19 cases in Hawkins County

We have identified a cluster of positive COVID-19 tests in Hawkins County, including three Hawkins County Memorial Hospital team members. Read about these Hawkins Co. cases.

Ballad Health reports first COVID-19 death

Unfortunately, we have reported the first death related to COVID-19 to the state department of health today. As COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities, we do expect more deaths, which is why physical distancing efforts and work being done to flatten the curve are so crucial.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the patient’s family and loved ones, and our sincere thanks goes out to the team who cared for this family.

Mar. 30, 2020

Virginia issues statewide Stay-at-Home order

Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a Stay-at-Home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia. The executive order will remain in place until June 10. Read the executive order on the governor’s website.

Tennessee issues statewide Stay-at-Home order

Similarly, Gov. Bill Lee issued Executive Order 22, implementing Safer-at-Home guidelines to further mitigate the COVID-19 spread across Tennessee counites. This order extends to April 30. Read Gov. Lee’s order on

Local governments issue Safer at Home public orders

In response to rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) numbers, local governments have issued orders to direct all residents to remain at their places of residence unless they’re engaged in essential activities (such as going to grocery stores or pharmacies) or reporting for work at essential businesses like Ballad Health.

Local law enforcement will conduct “spot checks” for compliance to this order.

Mar. 24, 2020

Ballad Health proactively designates Lonesome Pine Hospital as Wise Co. regional COVID-19 Hospital

Ballad Health is designating Lonesome Pine Hospital as the Wise County COVID-19 treatment and quarantine facility. Read about this COVID-19 designation in Wise Co.

Ballad Health welcomes handmade mask donations from community

To help preserve its supplies, Ballad Health is accepting donations of handmade face masks for patients. Read more about handmade face masks.

Mar. 22, 2020

Ballad Health confirms additional COVID-19 cases

Ballad Health has confirmed new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Greene and Sullivan Counties. Read more about these cases here.

Mar. 20, 2020

COVID-19 case confirmed in Washington Co.

A case of COVID-19 in Washington County, TN, has been confirmed, prompting Ballad Health to take additional steps. Read about the COVID-19 case in Washington County.

Mar. 18, 2020

COVID-19 affects blood supply; Marsh Regional issues urgent call for donations

The continued spread of COVID-19 and social distancing efforts are impacting blood donation supplies. Read about how the local blood supply have been affected.

Mar. 17, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Moorman joins Ballad Health Emergency Operations Center

Ballad Health and ETSU announced Dr. Jonathan Moorman is joining the Ballad Health Corporate Emergency Operations Center. Read about Dr. Moorman.

Mar. 10, 2020

Ballad Health expands COVID-19 response

Following announcement of the region’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, Ballad Health has expanded its response and preparedness efforts, including opening a hotline for potential cases. Read about Ballad Health’s coronavirus response efforts.