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COVID-19—TENNESSEE

THERE ARE NOW 4634 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN TENNESSEE.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 272 CASES FROM WEDNESDAY.  THERE ARE ALSO NOW 94 DEATHS, UP FROM 79 REPORTED ON WEDNESDAY.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ALSO REPORTS 505 HOSPITALIZATIONS AND 921 RECOVERIES.    IN THE REGION, WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS 32 CASES, SULLIVAN COUNTY HAS 30, GREENE COUNTY 22 CASES AND HAWKINS COUNTY HAS 21.  CARTER COUNTY HAS 3 CASES, JOHNSON COUNTY 2 AND UNICOI COUNTY 1 CASE.

COVID-19—VIRGINIA

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 4-THOUSAND 42 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 AND 109 DEATHS.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 397 CASES FROM WEDNESDAY.  THERE ARE NEW CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA—AS CASE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN WISE, SMYTH AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES.

COVID-19—NC

THERE ARE 3-THOUSAND 651 CASES OF COVID-19 IN NORTH CAROLINA.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 225 FROM WEDNESDAY.  THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ALSO REPORTS 65 DEATHS—UP FROM 53 REPORTED YESTERDAY.  REGIONALLY, THERE ARE 8 CASES IN WATAUGA COUNTY AND 3 IN MITCHELL COUNTY.  BUNCOMBE COUNTY, INCLUDING ASHEVILLE, HAS REPORTED 34 CASES AND 1 DEATH.  STATEWIDE IN NORTH CAROLINA, THERE’VE BEEN OVER 47-THOUSAND TESTS.

COVID-19—UNEMPLOYMENT

TENNESSEANS ARE SIGNING UP FOR UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS BY THE THOUSANDS.  IN JUST THREE WEEKS, THE NUMBER OF NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS HAS SKYROCKETED TO JUST OVER 246-THOUSAND.  THIS COMES AS THOSE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN THE STATE MAY HAVE TO WAIT A BIT—WHILE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR UPDATES ITS WEBSITE.  NUMBERS SHOW AN ADDITIONAL 64-HUNDRED PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST TENNESSEE FILED CLAIMS.

COVID-19—SNAP ON

AN EMPLOYEE AT SNAP-ON TOOLS IN ELIZABETHTON HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.  THE EMPLOYEE WAS EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS THROUGH A CONTACT OUTSIDE OF WORK AND HASN’T BEEN IN THE BUILDING SINCE MARCH 25TH.  THOSE HAVING CLOSE CONTACTS WITH THE AFFECTED CO-WORKER ARE SELF-ISOLATING AND HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE BUILDING SINCE MARCH 27TH.  THE AREA THE EMPLOYEE WAS WORKING IN WAS SHUT DOWN FOR TWO DAYS AND UNDERWENT A DEEP CLEANING.  THERE’S ALSO BEEN INCREASED CLEANING AT THE PLANT AND WHERE POSSIBLE, EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN WORKING FROM HOME.

COVID-19—JC TRANSIT

JOHNSON CITY TRANSIT WON’T OPERATE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY THIS WEEK—SO AN IN-DEPTH CLEANING CAN TAKE PLACE.  NO FIXED ROUTE, PARA OR JOB-RELATED ROUTES WILL RUN ON THOSE DAYS.  DURING THE IN-DEPTH CLEANING, PEOPLE ARE ASKED TO AVOID THE TRANSIT STATION AREA.

COVID-19—SOCIAL DISTANCING

AFTER RECEIVING GRADES OF “D” LAST WEEK IN SOCIAL DISTANCING, TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA BOTH RECEIVED IMPROVED SCORES OF “C” THIS WEEK.  DESPITE THE “C”, UNCAST SAYS THERE ARE STILL AREAS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT.  GREENE COUNTY IS THE ONLY COUNTY IN THE REGION TO STILL HAVE AN “F.”  BRISTOL VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE RECEIVED THE HIGHEST GRADES—AT A “B-.”  UNCAST CREATES ITS MAP AND GENERATES THE SCORES BY COMPARING LOCATION DATA FROM BEFORE THE OUTBREAK TO DATA AFTER SOCIAL DISTANCING BECAME AN ENCOURAGED PRACTICE.

COVID-19—IMPACT

KINGSPORT OFFICIALS ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON COVID-19—AND HOW IT MAY IMPACT TOURNAMENTS AND FESTIVALS SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS SPRING AND SUMMER.  CITY MANAGER CHRIS MCCARTT SAYS THEY’RE MAJOR ELEMENTS OF THE CITY’S ECONOMIC ENGINE, “AND WHEN THERE’S NOT ANYBODY COMING TO TOWN FOR A TOURNAMENT, THEY’RE NOT STAYING IN HOTELS, EATING IN RESTAURANTS..THESE FESTIVALS AREN’T TAKING PLACE, IT DEFINITELY HAS AN IMPACT.” MCCARTT SAYS THE CITY WILL ALWAYS ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION WHEN IT COMES TO EITHER POSTPONING OR CANCELLING EVENTS.

COVID-19—SEASONS CANCELLED

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND IN KEEPING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS, THIS YEAR’S JOHNSON CITY PARKS AND RECREATION YOUTH SOCCER, GIRLS SOFTBALL AND GIRLS T-BALL SEASONS ARE CANCELLED.  STAFF WILL BEGIN PROCESSING REFUNDS THE WEEK OF APRIL 13TH.  REFUNDS WILL BE IN THE FORM OF A CHECK PAYABLE TO THE PERSON WHO PAID FEES AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.  ALL REFUNDS WILL BE MAILED. 

EARLY MORNING FIRE

AN EARLY MORNING FIRE IN GRAY IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  IT HAPPENED AT A HOME IN THE 100 BLOCK OF RIDGE HEIGHTS—OFF HALES CHAPEL ROAD.  FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED JUST AFTER 1:00 THIS MORNING.  ALL OF THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME WERE ABLE TO GET OUT SAFELY AND THE FIRE WAS OUT BY 3 A.M.