COVID-2019 (updated 4/30/2020)

Governor Lee has issued Executive Order 30, allowing Tennesseans to return to work while still adhering to health guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. Close-contact businesses remain closed until next Wednesday, May 6th. For more information, click here to read the order.

There are many rumors circulating regarding COVID-2019. Please make sure you verify any and all new information you hear! The Tennessee Department of Health has established a Public Information Hotline, Available 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. EST. Numbers: 833-556-2476 and 877-857-2945 

You can also check FEMA’s rumor control page for more information.

For the latest statistical data for Tennessee, including the number of cases, click here.

Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

The following groups are at higher risk of infection: 

  • Older adults
  • People who have certain underlying medical conditions like:
    • Asthma
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

The most commonly reported symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you are exhibiting these symptoms, and are concerned you may be ill with COVID-19, please call the Ballad Health Nurse Connect line to be screened, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:


In addition, read the information available from the CDC regarding how to help prevent the spread of the illness, found at this link.

To ensure that we keep all of our responders protected from possible exposure to this or any other infections, we are asking that members of the community refrain from coming to the fire station to be assessed for any illnesses. Please use either the Nurse Connect line number above, or call 911. This will help make sure that all community resources are deployed correctly and available immediately to address any emergencies in our area.

The following symptoms are signs of potential medical emergencies related to COVID-19. If you or someone in your family shows any of these symptoms, or has any other medical emergencies, please call 911 immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to wake up
  • Bluish lips or face

As always, if you have any questions, please fill out our Contact Form, message us on Facebook, or call the station directly: (423) 348-7171.