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Infectious Disease – COVID-19

COVID-19 Information

About Coronavirus Disease 2019


Think you might have COVID-19?

Schedule COVID-19 testing online

Just select “COVID-related visit” and follow the steps to find a testing location near you.

Or call 833-822-5523 to be screened. This Ballad Health Nurse Connect line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can also use this Coronavirus Screening Tool to help determine if you or a loved one need to seek medical care.


Visitation restrictions

New visitation guidelines are being implemented at all Ballad Health hospitals, ERs, long-term care, outpatient clinics and other facilities to help contain COVID-19 and protect our patients and team members.

Also, when visiting a Ballad Health facility where visitation is allowed, please wear a mask or face covering. Read more here.


How the Appalachian Highlands is doing

COVID-19 scorecard

The COVID-19 daily scorecard shows several key data measures for Ballad Health’s 21-county service area, such as:

  • Total positive COVID-19 case count
  • Percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 of all who have been tested
  • Number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients
  • Number of COVID-19 patients in ICU and number of those patients on ventilator support

Read the COVID-19 scorecard for the Appalachian Highlands [PDF] region.

Physical distancing scorecard

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.

Information for patients

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.

June 17, 2020

Ballad Health creates public service communications, materials for rural and community hospitals hard-hit by pandemic

Ballad Health has created a public service announcement (PSA)-style campaign materials for rural, not-for-profit and non-profit hospitals and health systems to download and customize – at no charge.

Read more about the campaign here. Or request the materials for download.

Local updates

You can find more regional COVID-19 updates here.


COVID-19 resources

Find COVID-19 resources from the CDC, the states of Tennessee and Virginia, and other sources for more information.

 

Questions about COVID-19?

Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, including common symptoms and what to do if you think you've been exposed.

Newsroom

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Tammy Albright named vice president and chief executive officer of Ballad Health Behavioral Health Services

Tammy Albright, chief executive officer of Greeneville Community Hospital, has been named vice president and chief executive officer of Ballad Health’s Behavioral Health Services. ... read more about Tammy Albright named vice president and chief executive officer of Ballad Health Behavioral Health Services.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Marsh Regional Blood Center, Bristol Motor Speedway partner to host first-ever Holiday Blood Drive

Marsh Regional Blood Center and Bristol Motor Speedway are teaming up to supply the Appalachian Highlands with life-saving blood and blood products. ... read more about Marsh Regional Blood Center, Bristol Motor Speedway partner to host first-ever Holiday Blood Drive.

Monday, November 2, 2020

In throes of pandemic, Ballad Health deploys successful launch of Epic platform systemwide

A years-long endeavor to adopt a common, interoperable health technology for all of Ballad Health’s merged hospitals and care sites is now complete. ... read more about In throes of pandemic, Ballad Health deploys successful launch of Epic platform systemwide.