Local COVID-19 cancellations: Johnson City Schools band concert & more

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 12, 2020 at 7:46 PM

Cancellations and postponements announced because of COVID-19 precautions:

Johnson City Schools band concert: At the recommendation of the Washington County Health Department and to err on the side of caution, the Johnson City Schools administration has decided to postpone the districtwide band concert scheduled for Thursday night, March 12. “While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington County, with the expectations of a large crowd, we want to take a proactive approach to protect grandparents and others who are known to be vulnerable to the virus,” the administration said in a news release. “Because we want to use the concert as a platform to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our students, we hope to set a make-up date for the concert sometime in May.”

Washington County Schools: "Earlier today, Governor Bill Lee placed the State of Tennessee under a Level 3 State of Emergency. In response to this declaration, Washington County Schools will be re-scheduling school events where large numbers of people would gather and/or travel. We ask that our parents and community members keep up to date with any schedule changes by logging on to our school system website (www.wcde.org) and the individual websites of our schools."

Symphony of the Mountains Beethoven concert: Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 in the region, Symphony of the Mountains has decided to cancel its Beethoven concert scheduled for April 4. In a statement announcing the move, executive director Scott Eddlemon said: “While a single case presents no cause for extreme responses, we recognize that we have a large senior constituency in our audience and it just makes sense not to unnecessarily expose any folks in a large gathering. Thus, we are acting with an abundance of caution to postpone this concert to another time.” 

Southern Appalachian Plant Society lecture: SAPS has cancelled its 25th anniversary gardening lecture on “Native Plants in Context: ecology, diversity, and interconnection” due to the spread of COVID-19. The university at which keynote speaker F. Otto Haas works banned all university-related travel, which prompted the cancellation. 

Will Hoge concert at the Willow Tree Coffeehouse: In a social media post Thursday, the Willow Tree Coffeehouse announced Grammy-nominated artist Will Hoge’s concert on Saturday would be cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. In their statement, they said anyone who purchased tickets would be given a refund. “After talking with Will Hoge’s management, we have decided it would be in the best interest of Will and his fans to postpone his show to another time. Many travel in for his shows and many people are a little apprehensive about traveling right now due to the coronavirus,” the post read.  

Asheville Symphony: The Asheville Symphony has canceled all of its upcoming events in response to COVID-19 concerns. Concerts of March 17 and 21, and April 4 have been canceled. “We place the health and safety of our patrons as top priority,” says ASO Executive Director, David Whitehill. “Per the guidance and recommendations of the CDC, NCDHHS and our local government agencies, we have decided to cancel our upcoming events.” For assistance, contact the box office at (828) 254-7046. 

Crumley House: The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center has announced it will be closing to all visitors through Sunday, April 5, due to COVID-19. The House’s Adult Day Program will also be suspended. The policy change will be reevaluated at a later date. “We are following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in being proactive with these adjustments,” added the House’s Executive Director, Guynn Edwards, in a statement. “Of course, we will make exceptions for emergency situations, and we ask that individuals understand we simply have the goal to limit traffic flow in our facility, as well as any potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Tennessee Department of Correction: The Tennessee Department of Correction has suspended visitation until further notice, due to COVID-19. Volunteer services will also be suspended. TDOC said in a statement that those on community supervision will be contacted by their probation and parole officers for reporting guidelines, and onsite staff screening will also begin.

Shamrock 4 Miler: The annual Shamrock 4 Miler and Leprechaun Walk on March 13 has been canceled due to concerns with COVID-19. In a statement, Ballad Health said the annual benefit for the Johnston Memorial Fund is being canceled in accordance to CDC guidelines about large gatherings. Those desiring a refund for registration fees can contact the Foundation office at (423) 302-3131. If you do not request a refund, the registration fee will be donated to the Johnston Memorial Fund. 

Tusculum University College Summit: The college summit for 500-600 juniors in the Greene County School System hosted by Tusculum University has been canceled. 

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency Thursday to help the state address the spread of the new coronavirus. The emergency declaration frees up additional funds and relaxes rules surrounding assistance from state agencies to affected communities.

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