The Johnson City Press has been closely following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and has rounded up all of our reporting in one place for readers to follow this story on a local level. 

Below, you’ll find links on how business and governments are handling the outbreak, what local government officials are saying and what you need to know and how to stay safe. 

This article will be updated daily to include the latest COVID-19 coverage from the Johnson City Pres.

What you need to know

Levine: Ballad ‘in really good shape’ to respond to COVID-19 outbreak

Region’s North Carolina border counties reporting few cases of COVID-19

Third Tusculum student from same spring break group tests positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 case, attributed on VA website to Mountain Home, actually identified in Knoxville outpatient clinic

A history of pandemics in the last 100 years

 COVID-19: What do you really need know? 

— As testing ramps up, more COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Northeast Tennessee

— Ballad restricts visitation, suspends non-emergency surgeries during pandemic

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

‘Very little value in public panic’ over coronavirus

Advice for talking to children about COVID-19

Local financial planners: As stock market reels, keep an even temperament

Breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

Government response

Lee shutters schools for another month

Pubic access closed to Elizabethton City Hall

Washington County closes courthouse, Johnson City office

Crowe refocuses office, staff to provide info to constituents about COVID-19

— Washington County closes Courthouse, Johnson City office

Governments to conduct public meetings electronically

Washington County judges release 100 non-violent inmates to lower jail population amid pandemic 

Jonesborough working to ensure residents are fed, cared for amid pandemic

To free up supplies for COVID-19, Lee prohibits elective surgeries, certain dental services 

UPDATED: Johnson City closing city hall until further notice

Lee orders Tennessee gyms to close, restricts gatherings and restaurant service

— Roe says region is preparing well for COVID-19

— Washington County to close courthouse to the public

— Erwin, Unicoi County implement coronavirus precautions

Lawmakers move to cancel state testing amid pandemic with teachers union support

— Bristol, Virginia, declares local emergency due to COVID-19

Jonesborough announces facility closures

Johnson City commissioners will meet Thursday as scheduled; city preps for COVID-19

ETSU establishes COVID-19 testing site

Washington County has a plan for COVID-19

Lawmakers consider changes to Sunshine Law

Jonesborough to cancel some government meetings, still planning to hold BMA meeting

Carter Commission provides for continues pay for county employees who are quarantined

Tennessee establishing 15 remote testing sites for COVID-19; statewide cases hit 52

Courts, DA’s office closed to public, work still in progress

COVID-19 dominates discussion in Carter County Commission meeting

Johnson City implements travel rules for employees

Roe not satisfied with COVID-19 testing, believes administration response is ‘fine’

Carter government department heads talk COVID-19 response

Senior faces ID renewal dilemma during self-isolation

How organizations, schools and businesses are handling the outbreak

County school employees to be paid during COVID-19

City districts teachers and students continue school from home

Downtown Elizabethton restaurants working to keep customers coming

Johnson City mall closed until further notice

TCAT-Elizabethton joins other colleges in making protective face shields for health workers

TCAT-Elizabethton going exclusively online instruction during next few weeks

ETSU President: COVID-19 impact on university ‘beyond description’ 

— Local Asian restaurants try to hand on amid pandemic

— Region braces for economic impact of COVID-19

— City school district to start free child meal distribution Tuesday

— Blackthorn Club at Ridges closes after executive chef tests positive for COVID-19

— BrightRidge to end walk-in service because of COVID-19

— ETSU announces online classes for rest of semester to limit traffic on campus

— Milligan to finish semester online

— Officials hope online listings can help businesses survive COVID-19

United Way of Washington County establishes COVID-19 response fund

Tennessee Hills Distillery creates, sells out of hand sanitizer in 24 hours, donates proceeds

— BrightRidge suspending some disconnections in response to COVID-19

— Schools provide free meals during COVID-19 closures

— Area agencies gearing up to meet COVID-19 needs for kids, seniors and others at risk

Carter County distributes 459 meals to children on Wednesday

— Future uncertain for local restaurants dealing with COVID-19

Red Pig offers lunches to out-of-school children

Local movie theaters close to avoid COVID-19 spread

Organizations, schools prepare to feed children during shutdown

Small businesses seek to reassure customers during virus scare

Churches suspend services to avoid COVID-19 spread

Chamber getting the word out about COVID-19

With a case in Sullivan County, local agencies brace for COVID-19

Grocery stores changing hours; what you need to know

Ballad announces visitation restriction amid COVID-19 outbreak

ETSU announces move to online-only classes following spring break

School districts release tentative closure plans amid coronavirus pandemic


Sports’ way of marking time has been lost

JC Cards: Business as usual with cautious optimism 

NASCAR provides nice diversion with virtual race

Tri-Cities road racing scene still awaiting starting gun

— Douglas Fritz: The playing fields are silent

— With uncertain future, Kingsport Speedway racers test out track

— Food City 500 weekend, Kingsport Speedway opener postponed

Former Bucs in Europe weather the storm

Forbes: Let seniors come back for another shot at NCAA glory

Southern Conference suspends athletic competition

Bucs, fans disappointed about NCAA developments

Local golf thrives despite looming Pro-Am shutdown

Bucs’ Pennucci: ‘Reality kind of punched us in the face

COVID-19 puts hold on local small college teams

NASCAR intends to run all races


Here to inform; here to help

— Stay home and be safe

Let them play another year

Older? Stay home on Sunday


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