We will continuously update this page with the latest information, schedule changes, and other data related to the COVID-19 situation in the Tri-Cities and nationwide.

Monday, March 30

*City of Bristol, Tennessee has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Sullivan County, Tennessee has issued a safer-at-home order effective at midnight.

*Tennessee Bill Lee issues safer-at-home guidelines while not mandating a shelter-in-place order.
“…Because protecting personal liberty is deeply important, this Order is not a shelter-in-place mandate and instead strongly urges Tennesseans to stay at home when at all possible for the protection of themselves and their community.”

*Washington County, Tennessee begins their safer-at-home order on April 1.

*City of Elizabethton, Tennessee issues a safer-at-home directive. It goes into effect on April 1 and lasts 15 days.

*Daily Tennessee Department of Health COVID-19 report: 1,834 cases, 13 deaths.

*Commonwealth of Virginia is now under a stay-at-home order following an executive order by Governor Ralph Northam. The order is in effect until June 10.

*Hawkins County, Tennessee joins a growing list of localities issuing a state of emergency and a safer-at-home directive.

*Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has a major announcement concerning COVID-19 response at 2 p.m. today.

*Carter County Schools announced Monday they are discontinuing drive-thru meals for students at 10 locations due to COVID-19 concerns. Five locations remain open for food.

*Daily VA COVID-19 update: 1,020 cases, 136 hospitalized, and 25 deaths. Local cases: Bristol City (1 case), Galax (1 case), Lee County (2 cases), Smyth County (1 case), Tazewell County (2 cases), Washington (2 cases), Wythe (1 case)/ Local deaths: 1 (Mount Rogers Health District)

*Marsh Regional Blood Center locations in Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City are offering extended hours this week for blood donations. The listed locations will operate from 8 a.m until 6 p.m. according to a social media post.

*TN and VA courts remain open, continuing to limit in-person proceedings into April, for TN (April 30) and VA (April 26). This is subject to change.

*Goodwill Tenneva has announced temporary store closures to all locations across the region. All stores and attended donation centers will continue to accept donations. These centers are open for convenience. Donations will be accepted Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

*Playground areas, picnic shelters, and bathrooms at all Mountain City parks are closing effective today at 7 a.m until further notice. Bristol, VA Parks and Recreation Department announces closures of playground area at Sugar Hollow Park until further notice.

Sunday, March 29

*Cumberland Plateau Health District confirms first two coronavirus cases, two people out of Tazewell County, VA.

*Mount Rogers Health District reports first COVID-19 related fatality.

*Eastman Chemical Company confirms two employees test positive for COVID-19.

*Daily Virginia COVID-19 update: 890 cases, 22 deaths.

*Daily Tennessee COVID-19 update: 1.537 cases, 7 deaths.

*Country music star Joe Diffie dead from COVID-19 complications.

*Top US government infectious-disease doctor says 200,000 coronavirus deaths possible, millions more infected.

Friday, March 27

*Tennessee Department of Health COVID-19 update: 1,203 cases, 103 hospitalizations, 6 deaths.

*Virginia Tech has confirmed its first case on coronavirus–a student who lives off-campus at a Blacksburg apartment complex.

*Daily VA COVID-19 Update: 604 total cases, 83 hospitalizations, 14 deaths. Local cases: 2 (Lee County), 1 (Washington County), 1 (Bristol City), and 1 (Galax)

*Bristol, VA announces changes to transit and waste collection services. Full details- Bristol, VA Transit and Collection Service Changes

*George Washington & Jefferson National Forest closing temporarily shutting down use of all campgrounds, bathrooms, OHV trails, trail shelters and many day-use areas.

*Tennessee and Virginia among states facing increasing unemployment numbers following release of weekly jobless claims Thursday by the U.S Dept. of Labor.

TN- New claims in week of March 21 (39,096), the week before (2,702)

VA- New claims in week of March 21 (46,885), the week before (2,706)

Thursday, March 26

*Milligan College reports an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last seen on campus last Friday and is now in self-isolation.

*Bristol, Virginia has its first case of COVID-19, according to the Mount Rogers Health District.

*Middle Tennessee State University announces a student on campus has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in self-isolation.

*Daily Tennessee Department of Health COVID-19 report: 957 cases, 76 hospitalized, 3 deaths.

*Daily COVID-19 report from Virginia Department of Health: 460 cases, 13 deaths.

*UVA Health System gets $1 million gift to help produce more COVID-19 tests and implement new system that gives doctors test results sooner.

*VA SNAP recipients receiving emergency benefits for March and April. More info here.

*Universal Companies in Abingdon issues WARN Notice, will lay off 61 employees due to COVID-19.

*Food City Starbucks locations offering free 12 oz coffee to all first responders through April 30.

Wednesday, March 25

*Tennessee Department of Health daily COVID-19 data report: 784 cases including the first case in Hawkins County.

*The Mount Rogers Health District has announced the first case of COVID-19 in Washington County, Virginia.

*Tennessee Attorney General Herb Slatery strongly urges power companies to not issue disconnection notices due to the coronavirus state of emergency.

*Daily COVID-19 report from Virginia Department of Health: 3 new deaths since Tuesday, 391 cases statewide.

*Washington County, TN prohibiting public access to courthouse and Johnson City office this week.

*King University is delaying its commencement ceremony and finishing the remainder of the semester by distance mode.

*Virginia high school seniors who are on track to graduate will receive a diploma, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

*Seven local United Way chapters are launching a regional task force and COVID-19 relief fund. Full news release- Regional United Ways Announce NETNSWVARelief Fund

Tuesday, March 24

*Ballad Health designates its Big Stone Gap medical facility as a regional treatment center following a positive COVID-19 case confirmed in the town.

*UPDATE: Tusculum University reports five students have tested positive for COVID-19.

*Tennessee Governor Bill Lee orders all K-12 schools to remain closed through April 24. He also announced the deployment of 250 National Guard troops to help establish more remote COVID-19 test sites in rural areas of the state.

*Latest COVID-19 data from Tennessee Department of Health: 615 cases, 2 deaths.

*Daily COVID-19 update from Virginia Department of Health: 290 cases, 6 deaths.

*Verizon Wireless will add additional 15GB of data to plan for wireless consumers and small business customers from March 25 through April 30 for no additional charge.

*Great Smoky Mountains National Park closing all park areas besides Foothills Parkway and the Spur today at noon through April 6.

*The Town of Greeneville implementing more policies to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Some changes include requiring citizens to call ahead to Town Hall before entering building, and encouraging property tax payment online. A full list of those policies can be found here.

*UPDATE: Kingsport Area Transit Services ceasing all scheduled bus routes at the end of today, and will move to on demand-fixed route services to riders where riders can call the KATS dispatch office to request a ride. Click here for the latest information.

*Russell County Schools providing free wifi to students who do not have internet access. More information available on the school system’s Facebook page.

*The Mall at Johnson City has closed until further notice, they will post any updates to social media pages.

*Scott County, VA declares local emergency, all public offices closed until further notice effective as of today at 8:00 a.m. Read declaration here. See schedule changes here.

*United Way of Bristol TN-VA establishes COVID-19 relief fund, will go to those dealing with severe economic hardships brought on by the virus. If you are interested in donating online, click here. If you would like to donate by mail, mail a check to P.O. Box 696, Bristol, TN 37621. More information from the United Way on needs in the community available here.

*Mountain Home VA implementing further changes to visitation of facility following report of patient testing positive for coronavirus. Click here for those details. (NOTE: This could be subject to change).

Monday, March 23

*Third Tusculum University student test positive for COVID-19.

*Sullivan County Tennessee Schools have established satellite sites for families to pick up free meals for children 18 and under.

*Tennessee Department of Health daily COVID-19 update available here. Positive cases rise to 615 statewide including 6 in Washington County.

*Virginia Governor Ralph Northam closes all schools for the remainder of the academic year.

*Latest Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 update: Now up to 254 cases in 40 localities including 2 in Lee County.

*First COVID-19 case reported at the Mountain VA, patient listed as “home quarantine”

*Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency suspending all in-person services until further notice.

*Johnson City based clothing company Boomtown and Co. selling $20 t-shirts with slogan “Never Shutdown Happiness.” Proceeds from purchases of shirts will go towards non-profit that supports downtown Johnson City businesses. More information available here.

*Southwest Virginia Public Health Call Centers activated, below are numbers for each Health District and corresponding county. Lines will open Monday-Friday 8-6 for all districts beginning Tuesday:

Cumberland Plateau Health District
Buchanan County- 276-935-4591
Dickenson County- 276-926-4979
Russell County- 276-889-7621
Tazewell County- 276-988-5585

Lenowisco Health District
Lee County- 276-346-2011
Scott County- 276-386-1312
Wise County- 276-328-8000
City of Norton- 276-328-8000

Mount Rogers Health District
Bland County- 276-688-3642
Bristol City- 276-642-7335
Carroll County- 276-730-3180
Galax City- 276-236-6127
Grayson County- 276-773-2961
Smyth County- 276-781-7460
Washington County- 276-676-5604
Wythe County- 276-228-5507

*Latest Ballad Health policy changes to visitation and non-emergent procedural cases.

*Interactive map created to show feeding sites in Northeast Tennessee for all schools currently closed. Map available here.

Sunday, March 22

*Eastman Chemical Company implementing personal travel restrictions for employees until the end of April.

*Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signs executive order to have all restaurants and bars limited to delivery, take out, and drive-thru. Beer and wine are available under the order that lasts until April 6.

*Ballad Health announces three new cases of COVID-19 in Northeast Tennessee including two in Greene County and one in Sullivan County. The LENOWISCO Health District confirms two new coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in Lee County, Virginia. The patients, a male and female, are in their 50’s and passed the virus through household contact, the agency reported.

*A second Tusculum University student has tested positive for COVID-19. The two students have traveled together over spring break, the school said.

*COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health: 3,337 people tested, 219 cases, 32 hospitalized, 3 deaths.

*Tennessee Department of Health coronavirus update: 505 positive cases. The highest percentage of cases are people between the ages of 21 & 30.

*Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tells residents to expect a long quarantine period ahead while appealing to private companies to help the state with sorely needed medical supplies like gloves, masks, and respirators.

*GameStop will close retail locations beginning Sunday and switch to a digital delivery and curbside pickup model.

Saturday, March 21

*From Johnson City: Effective Monday (March 23) the main and finance lobbies at City Hall will close to the public until further notice. The Police Records and Development Services entrances will remain open for now.

The Finance Department will accept tax and utility payments through a temporary window at City Hall and have opened a drive-thru service at 106 Gray Commons Circle in Gray (Fire Station 8). Collections clerks will be available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to accept tax and utility payments and applications for business licenses. The night depository located on the Main Street side of City Hall also remains available.

Customers are encouraged to utilize the online and autodraft options to make payments on property taxes and utility bills. More information about online payments can be found at www.johnsoncitytn.org/payments. Additionally, payments can be made by phone. To pay utility bills by phone, please call 877-768-5046. To pay property taxes by phone, please call 877-768-5048.

New water and sewer services customers should call 423-461-1640 to sign up for service with a credit card.

*The Virginia Department of Transportation has restricted all walk-in visitation at its offices including area residencies till further notice.

Friday, March 20

*Town of Damascus, Virginia announced Friday the cancellation of the 2020 Trail Days celebration in May. They will not reschedule the event to prevent disruption of any other trail-related festivals in the Southeast.

*Hawkins County, Tennessee Public Schools will remain closed until Friday, April 17 with a target return date of April 20.

*Ballad Health announces diagnosis of COVID-19 patient from Washington County, Tennessee. The health care provider also announces new visitor policies effective Saturday.

*BrightRidge is closing its walk-in service lobby effective Monday, March 23. Drive-thru hours will be extended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Washington County, Tennessee is closing its Historic Courthouse and the Johnson City Clerk/Trustee office effective Monday, March 23. Customers are urged to conduct business by email, mail, by phone, or online.

*Blackthorn Club at The Ridges has closed its dining area at the clubhouse until March 31. One of the chefs at the facility has tested positive for the coronavirus.

*TVA closing recreation areas, including public restroom facilities, beaches and group pavilions at all of TVA’s recreation areas. More information here- TVA Closes Select Recreation Areas While Maintaining Access to Public Lands, Waters-2

*Leaders in Sullivan and Washington counties, as well as the Cities of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, have issued a joint statement on how they are working to respond to COVID-19. Read the full statement here- 3-19-20 Regional Joint Response to COVID-19

Thursday, March 19

*Smokehouse BBQ in Elizabethton providing bag lunches to children 18 and under from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

*Krispy Kreme corporate announces all locations will temporarily eliminate dine-in options. All shops still provide pick-up and delivery.

*Unicoi County launches website to keep county residents informed to any updates to area business, government, and churches. Also providing links to CDC guidelines. Website link here.

*Belk, JCPenny, and Old Navy temporarily closing all stores. Belk (closing stores through March 30) JCPenny (closing stores until April 2) Old Navy (closing stores through April 1)

*Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems changing methods of operation, including rescheduling appointments for patients in “high-risk category” who have appointments through Friday April 3rd. Click here for all of the information relating to those changes.

*Alumni Hall closing all stores through April 4 (Local store locations in Bristol and Johnson City)

*Tusculum University postponing Spring graduation for spring and summer graduates until August at 10:30 a.m. Officials say those who are scheduled to graduate in May will not have to wait until August to have their degrees conferred and their diplomas awarded.

*Goodwill Tenneva adjusting hours effective today (Mon-Sat open 11 a.m-7 p.m/Sun open 1:00 p.m-6:00 p.m for all stores except Richlands, VA store, which will remain closed on Sunday until further notice)

*Scratch Pizza in Johnson City announces it is temporary closing down beginning Friday, will limit service to curbside and pickup only.

*Tennessee Hills Distillery producing hand sanitizer, proceeds going to local organizations to aid those in need. You can find out the latest info from the distillery’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 18

*UPDATE: Walmart stores adjusting hours to operate from 7 a.m-8:30 p.m. For customers ages 60 and older, the store will open an hour earlier each Tuesday to allow these individuals to shop who may be more vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus. This will occur each Tuesday beginning March 24 until April 28. More information can be found here.

*UPDATE: Northeast State Community College to remain online for classes for the remainder of the semester. Here is the latest info.

*The University of Tennessee has canceled graduation ceremonies scheduled for May. Plans are to honor the class of 2020 at a later date.

*Daily COVID-19 update from Tennessee Department of Health. Agency announces 98 cases in the state.

*City of Bristol, VA closing government administration buildings to the public through April 3. A full list of details regarding operations moving forward can be found here.

*Abingdon, VA Police are making the following adjustments to its operating methods and those can be found here.

*Gatlinburg SkyLift Park closed until further notice. More details here.

*Elizabethon Parks and Recreation postponing all programs and classes at the Elizabethton Recreation Center postponed until further notice.

*Southern Conference officials cancel the rest of the spring sports season, effective immediately.

*Kingsport Public Library and all other community centers closing Thursday at 5 p.m until further notice. All rentals of city facilities are suspended until at least April 3. A list of facility closings can be found here.

*YMCA of Bristol has closed facility until March 30.

*Kingsport Area Transit Services (KATS) is changing operation methods beginning today, the following including stopping fixed route services between 12:30-1:30 p.m for disinfectant treatments to all buses. They will also limit the amount of riders on each transit vehicle to no more than 10 riders at a time. You can find out more here.

*Five public hand washing stations are being provided by the United Way of Greater Kingsport and Shades of Grace United Methodist Church for at least the next two months. Locations can be found below:

Shades of Grace United Methodist Church, 313 E Sullivan St, Kingsport, TN 37660
Glen Bruce Park, 414 Broad St, Kingsport, TN 37660
Shades of Grace, 505 Dale St, Kingsport, TN 37660
Salvation Army, 505 Dale St, Kingsport, TN 37660
Hunger First, 829 Myrtle St, Kingsport, TN 37660

***REMOTE ASSESSMENT SITES (or drive-thru testing sites) in Tennessee, list of sites and locations locally:

Sullivan Co. (Bristol Regional Medical Center, 1 Medical Park Blvd, Bristol, TN 37260. Indian Path Community Hospital, 2000 Brookside Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660)
Carter Co. (Sycamore Shoals Hospital, 1501 W. Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643)
Unicoi Co. (Unicoi Co. Hospital, 2030 Temple Hill Rd, Erwin, TN 37650)
Greene Co. (Greeneville Community Hospital East, 1420 Tusculum Blvd, Greeneville, TN 37745)
Hawkins Co. (Hawkins Co. Memorial Hospital, 851 Locust St, Rogersville, TN 37857)
Washington Co. (Franklin Woods Community Hospital, 300 Med Tech Pkwy, Johnson City, TN 37604)

NOTE: If you feel like you have the coronavirus, please first call the Ballad Health nurse connect line to be screened at 833-822-5523. That line is active 24/7. We will update this list as more remote assessment testing sites become available.

*Target announces reduction of store hours to 9 p.m daily, will limit the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.

Tuesday, March 17

*Food City announces a hiring initiative of 2,500 workers to help the community and help with their demands on products.

*UPDATE: City schools in Bristol and Kingsport along with Sullivan County Schools have extended their closure through Friday, April 3.

*The Southeastern Conference has canceled all spring sports and post-season tournaments, including the University of Tennessee’s Orange & White Game that had been postponed.

*Virginia Community College Chancellor Glenn DuBois cancels spring semester graduations scheduled for May.

*Virginia Governor Ralph Northam orders all 75 DMV offices closed, introduces new COVID-19 guidelines for residents.

*Food City has altered its operating hours effective Tuesday. The new hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Adults age 65 and older along with other at-risk customers to shop between 7 and 8 a.m. to avoid busier shopping periods.

*Aubrey’s Bristol/Johnson City/Greeneville locations changing business hours (Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m-8 p.m, Friday-Saturday 11 a.m-9 p.m), offering delivery service.

*Johnson City Public Library closed until further notice beginning March 18.

*Hot Topic announces closure to all store effective today through March 30, will pay employees during time-frame.

*Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace temporarily closing to the public.

*All in-person court hearings in Washington County, TN suspended through the end of March.

*Elizabethton City Schools closing schools effective today through April 3. Additional information can be found here.

*Bath & Body Works is temporarily closing all stores in the United States and Canada.

*McDonald’s announces closure of seating areas, moving to serve customers through drive-thru, walk in take out, and delivery options. More details can be found here.

*The TSSAA Board of Control and Legislative Council are scheduled to meet today and tomorrow. A decision could be made on what to do regarding the state basketball tournaments and Spring sports.

Monday, March 16

*The University of Tennessee announces classes will stay online through the rest of the Spring semester. All events on campus have been cancelled, including commencement ceremonies. More details are available here.

*The City of Kingsport has suspended all city-sponsored programs, classes, and events indefinitely. You can find all details by clicking here.

*NAIA cancels Spring season, Milligan College among those affected.

*Washington County, Virginia declares state of emergency, will operate on a limited closure schedule beginning Wednesday. Click here for full list.

*NASCAR postpones the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and five other races due to CDC crowd guidelines.

*For the Johnson City COVID-19 update, click here. Events at Freedom Hall through April 9 have been postponed until further notice.

*Virginia has reported its second death related to COVID-19.

*President Donald Trump and federal health officials are discouraging social gatherings of 10 people or more. Click here for video of the news conference.

*Daily COVID-19 data briefing from the Tennessee Department of Health. So far, 52 cases have been diagnosed. Ages of patients range from 11 to 82.

*Hawkins County Schools will be closed beginning Tuesday through March 31.

*Barter Theatre announced Monday the postponement of the openings of “Macbeth,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “Peter Pan” scheduled for this month and in April.

*Rogersville City Schools will be closed through Thursday, March 31.

*Greeneville City Schools and Greene County Public Schools will be closed until April 6.

*Johnson City Schools to close until April 6.

*Tennessee Governor Bill Lee urging all school districts close by Friday and remain closed until March 31.

*Bristol, Virginia school officials announce meal times and pickup locations which will begin Tuesday (Breakfast served starting at 10 a.m., Lunch served starting at 2 p.m) Locations: All four city elementary schools, the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc, and Eastridge, Springdale, and Harbor Landing Apartment Complexes. Note: Students must be present in order to receive meals. If you are unable to pick up meals from one of the above locations, please contact Stephanie Austin – 276-821-5605

*The CDC is recommending events or gatherings of more than 50 people be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks.

*Chick-fil-a announces temporary closures of dining room seating to all stores nationwide. Services available moving forward include drive-thru only, and or takeout, delivery or mobile order options. (Contact local franchise for specific store operations)

*Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton holding no classes this week, classes scheduled to resume March 23. Click here for more details.

*Johnson County, TN Schools to close effective Tuesday through April 14.

*Unicoi County, TN Schools to close effective Tuesday through April 13.

*Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear orders closure of bars and restaurants for in-person dining.

*Nashville Mayor John Cooper asks for bars on Lower Broadway and throughout city to close until further notice, restaurants to limit seating capacity to 50%, capped at 100 individuals.

*Carter County Schools postpones all extracurricular activities including school trips, sports, and after school events/meetings.

Sunday, March 15

*Sullivan County, Tennessee Schools along with Kingsport City and Bristol, Tennessee Schools will be closed through Friday, March 27, according to a report issued Sunday afternoon.

*Washington County Virginia Public Schools will be serving breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 and under on specific dates using a drive-thru system. The meals will be available at specific dates and times. CLICK HERE for more details.

*The Coomes Recreation Center in Abingdon, Virginia will be closed for two weeks and reopen on March 29.

*Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver has announced the state’s first death from COVID-19. The patient was a male in his 70s who became infected from an unknown source and he resided in the northern coastal region of the state.

*Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has banned events statewide that have an audience of 100 people or more.

*As of Sunday, 45 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Virginia.

*Although no formal ban is in place, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is discouraging large gatherings in the state of 250 people or more. He has also directed the 11,000 state workers trained to work from home to do so until March 31.

*As of Sunday, there are 32 patients in Tennessee diagnosed with COVID-19 including one in Sullivan County.

*Target has announced they are providing extra staffing in their Order Pickup and Drive Up services for those customers ordering goods online. They have also directed workers to disinfect touch screens and conveyors every 30 minutes at checkout stands.

*A message from Food City CEO Steve Smith says due to manufacturer delays and allocations, they are limiting selected items to only two (2) per customer. Self-service areas like salad and wing bars have been temporarily closed.

*Ingles Markets will close their stores at 10 p.m. beginning Monday. Also, their 24-hour locations will reopen at 6 a.m. and all other stores will open at their regular times. These hours will remain in place until further notice, the company said in a statement.

*Huddle House in St. Paul, Virginia will serve school-age children in their service communities a free meal each day beginning Monday, March 16. The menu is limited and they ask only six (6) of these meals per order.

*Bristol Virginia Public Schools will still serve breakfast and lunch to students during the two-week hiatus mandated by the governor. Parents can bring students to the parking lots of Stonewall Jackson, Washington-Lee, Highland View, and Van Pelt Elementary beginning Monday. Meals will also be delivered to the Boys and Girls Club and the communities of Eastridge, Harborpoint, and Springdale. Non-perishable food will be available to pick up on Tuesday at all Bristol Virginia fire stations and the school board office.

*The Virginia High School League said in a statement that all games and practices for all public school teams are canceled during the two-week mandated hiatus. The start of the spring sports seasons has been pushed back by two weeks.

Saturday, March 14

*Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians advises troops to cancel public cookie booths. Cookie program originally scheduled to end March 22, will be extended due to hiatus and is tentatively scheduled to now end April 5. All Girl Scout Council activities canceled through March 31, all camps and service centers also closed through March 31.

*Minor League Baseball announces it will delay the start of the season (Appalachian League included)

*Walmart announces store hour changes to all locations nationwide. Starting Sunday until further notice, all stores will open from 6 a.m until 11 p.m.

*AMC Theaters capping ticket availability by 50% to all showtimes. Effective Saturday until April 30. Johnson City and Greeneville locations included.

*North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper orders all schools to be closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

Friday, March 13

*President Donald Trump declared virus pandemic a national emergency. For details, click here.

*National updates on COVID-19 from the Associated Press are available by clicking here.

*Ballad Health and Sullivan County officials continue to report one case of COVID-19. The patient is still stable and recovering after he showed symptoms following international travel.

*Ballad Health limiting one visitor per patient at area medical centers and hospitals. Public visits will not be allowed at long-term facilities such as nursing homes effective immediately.

*Governor Ralph Northam has ordered all K-12 public schools closed for two weeks effective Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.

*Bristol Tennessee Municipal Court and Juvenile Court proceedings have been postponed through Tuesday, March 31 by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

*Access to Ballad Health’s COVID-19 database, click here.

*University of Tennessee Athletics announces Tennessee Football’s Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium scheduled for April 18 is postponed.

*First United Methodist Church of Johnson City, services for March 15 are canceled.

*Dollywood postpones opening of 35th season until March 28.

*Milligan College is extending its spring break through March 20 and will transition to online classes beginning April 5.

*King University extending spring break by one week. Face-to-face instruction scheduled to return on April 20.

*NASCAR postpones racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead Miami Speedway. The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is still tentatively scheduled for April 5.