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COVID-19—BALLAD-FURLOUGHS

BALLAD HEALTH WILL BE FURLOUGHING EMPLOYEES BEGINNING THURSDAY.  ABOUT 13 HUNDRED ARE IMPACTED, WITH ABOUT 11-HUNDRED OF THOSE IN TENNESSEE AND THE REST IN VIRGINIA.  CEO ALAN LEVINE SAYS, “THERE’S NOT ENOUGH VOLUME TO SUPPORT THE WORKFORCE WE HAVE.”    OF THAT NUMBER, ABOUT 620 ARE AT THE CORPORATE LEVEL.  IN MANY CASES, LEVINE SAYS THOSE AFFECTED WILL BE ABLE TO DRAW ON ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS—AND WON’T SUFFER INCOME LOSS.    LEVINE ALSO SAYS NURSES ON THE FRONT LINES WILL BE GUARANTEED THEIR REGULAR HOURS AND PAY.  HE ADDED BALLAD IS PROJECTING A $150-MILLION DOLLAR LOSS OVER THE NEXT 90 DAYS.  BALLAD EMPLOYS ABOUT 15,000 PEOPLE.

COVID-19—VIRGINIA

THERE ARE NOW 3-THOUSAND 647 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN VIRGINIA.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 312 CASES FROM TUESDAY.  75 DEATHS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND THAT’S UP FROM 63 ON TUESDAY.  THERE IS AN INCREASE IN CASES IN WISE, SMYTH, WASHINGTON AND WYTHE COUNTIES.    THERE ALSO ARE NOW TWO CASES IN SCOTT COUNTY.  THERE ARE TWO NEW CASES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, BRINGING THE NUMBER TO 12.

COVID-19—NORTH CAROLINA

THERE ARE 3-THOUSAND 426 CASES OF COVID-19 IN NORTH CAROLINA.  THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN 53 DEATHS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 386 PEOPLE ARE HOSPITALIZED.   IN THE REGION, THERE ARE 8 CASES IN WATAUGA COUNTY AND 3 CASES IN MITCHELL COUNTY.  BUNCOMBE COUNTY, INCLUDING ASHEVILLE, HAS 33 CASES AND THERE’S BEEN ONE DEATH.

COVID-19—HAWKINS LAYOFFS

242 EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN LAID OFF FROM THE ZF ACTIVE SAFETY AND ELECTRONICS PLANT IN ROGERSVILLE.  ZF IS A GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY AND SUPPLIES SYSTEMS FOR PASSENGER CARS, COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AND INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY.

COVID-19—MASKS

THE GREENEVILLE/GREENE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IS WARNING RESIDENTS AGAINST MICROWAVING HOMEMADE MASKS TO SANITIZE THEM.  THE AGENCY HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS OF RESIDENTS PUTTING THE MASKS IN THE MICROWAVE TO CLEAN THEM.  THIS CAN BURN THE MASKS AND EVEN SET THEM ON FIRE AS WELL AS DAMAGE YOUR MICROWAVE.  INSTEAD, WASH YOUR HOMEMADE MASKS IN WARM WATER WITH ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF BLEACH.

COVID-19—SAFER AT HOME/EMERGENCY

SEVERAL AREA COUNTIES HAVE EXTENDED THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY AND SAFER AT HOME ORDERS.  THEY INCLUDE UNICOI COUNTY, JOHNSON COUNTY AND CARTER COUNTY.  THE EXTENSIONS COME AS EFFORTS CONTINUE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HELP FLATTEN THE CURVE OF THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.  YOU’RE URGED TO CONDUCT AS MUCH BUSINESS AS POSSIBLE EITHER ON-LINE OR OVER THE PHONE.  IF YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON, PLEASE CALL AHEAD.

COVID-19-FOOD

THE HEAD OF ONE OF THE LARGEST GROCERY STORE CHAINS IN THE REGION IS TRYING TO CALM ANY FEARS ABOUT COVID-19 AND FOOD.  STEVE SMITH IS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF FOOD CITY AND SAYS, “THERE’S NO EVIDENCE OF FOOD OR FOOD PACKAGING BEING INVOLVED IN THE TRANSMISSION OF THIS VIRUS.”    SMITH ALSO SAYS THE NATION’S FOOD SUPPLY IS AMPLE AND THERE’S NO DANGER OF SHORTAGES.

BRISTOL SCAM

THE BRISTOL VIRGINIA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS WARNING OF A PHONE SCAM.  POLICE SAY SCAMMERS HAVE BEEN CALLING PEOPLE AND TELLING THEM THEY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION AND THEY USE THE NAMES OF JUDGES IN BRISTOL.  THE SCAMMERS TRY TO FRIGHTEN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO GET MONEY FROM THEM.  IF YOU GET A CALL, HANG UP, RECORD THE NUMBER AND ALERT POLICE.  ALSO, NEVER GIVE OUT ANY FINANCIAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE.

MOTIVE IN DRIVE-BY

CHURCH HILL POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MOTIVE IN A DRIVE BY SHOOTING.  IT HAPPENED MONDAY MORNING AT THE CHURCH HILL INN.  18-YEAR OLD BRIANNA KAY BEAN OF CHURCH HILL IS FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY FIRED TWO SHOTS TOWARD TWO WOMEN WHO WERE STANDING ON THE BALCONY OF THE INN. ONE OF THE SHOTS HIT THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING AND THE SECOND RICOCHETED IN A ROOM WITH THREE PEOPLE.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES.

 


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