The Virginia Department of Health reports that there are 115,334 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The VDH also reports that there have been 2,447 confirmed deaths and 9,504 confirmed hospitalizations across the state. There are 2,019 cases in Southwest Virginia:
Washington County has 368 cases with 32 hospitalizations and 9 deaths
Wise County has 329 cases with 29 hospitalizations and 5 deaths
Smyth County has 273 cases with 25 hospitalizations and 3 deaths
Lee County has 201 cases with 15 hospitalizations and 3 deaths
Tazewell County has 195 cases with 14 hospitalizations and 1 death
Russell County has 187 cases with 21 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
Scott County has 153 cases with 14 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
City of Bristol has 121 cases with 8 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Buchanan County has 99 cases with 6 hospitalizations and 1 death
Dickenson County has 67 cases with 7 hospitalizations and 1 death
City of Norton has 26 cases with 2 hospitalizations
A Kingsport man has been arrested in a West Tennessee rape investigation. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports that 27-year-old Jordan Daniel Ballard was identified as the person of interest for the kidnapping and raping of a woman in Lake County last Wednesday. Ballard was arrested on Friday and was charged with one count of especially aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of interference with an emergency call. He has been booked into the Lake County Jail.
The Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Healthcare System reports that there have been 11 known COVID-19 deaths. Mountain Home reported 50 active COVID-19 cases, 45 of whom are veterans, 4 are employees, and one was classified as "all other." The system also reports 283 convalescent cases, 245 of which are veterans, 33 are employees, 4 are veteran-employees, and one is listed as "all other." It was not specified if the latest deaths were veterans or employees. The numbers do not reflect just cases at the medical center in Johnson City, but those in veterans and employees at the system's clinics.
A resident of the John Sevier Center in downtown Johnson City has been charged with vandalism after flooding his bathroom causing damage to two floors in the building. The Johnson City Police Department reports that 29-year-old Arwen Permenter was arrested Saturday afternoon after water was found running through two floors at the center. Permenter reportedly stopped up the drains inside his bathroom and left the water on, which forced water onto the floor causing excessive damage. He was charged with felony vandalism over $2,500 and was taken to the Washington County Detention Center where he is being held on a $10,000 bond.
One person is dead following a car crash in Laurel County, Kentucky on Friday afternoon. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office reports that the crash happened on Langnau Road at around 12:30 p.m. Friday. The driver, 68-year-old James J. Bowling, reportedly went off the road and his car overturned hitting a tree and landed on its top. Bowling was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff's deputies report that it does not look like he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
An employee at Mountain Empire Community College has tested positive for COVID-19. The college announced that the employee is self-isolating and contact tracing is being coordinated through the local health department. MECC will continue with classes and there has been no change to staff schedules or the access to campus.
Kingsport Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old boy. The Kingsport Police Department reports that Rodney K. Kelly was reported missing last Thursday, August 27. Kelly is 5'10 and weighs roughly 160 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes and was last seen wearing a black and red shirt, gray athletic pants, and yellow Nike athletic shoes. Foul play is not suspected, but due to Kelly's age the KPD is making every effort to find him. If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, they are asked to call the KPD.
Sullivan North High School has suspended football practices and games through September 9, after a member of its "football community" tested positive for COVID-19. Sullivan County Schools announced the positive case on Friday, a day after playing Johnson County. North was scheduled to host Cosby this Friday night, but that game will not be played. The Raiders are supposed to head to Chuckey-Doak next Friday, September 11, which is now in jeopardy.
A man has been arrested after a police chase through Bristol and Washington County, Virginia last week. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reports that Trevis Dion Lightfoot was taken into custody after deputies executed a search warrant on Friday at 11420 Wallace Pike in Bristol. Lightfoot was wanted on several charges, including felony eluding, theft of a motor vehicle, felony destruction of property, and hit-and-run. Four other people were arrested at the house on outstanding warrants as well, Christopher Tester, Sarah Ashley Jones, Adam Green, and Robert Stone.
Virginia's First Lady Pam Northam will tour local schools in Southwest Virginia on Monday and Tuesday. Northam will speak to local educators and teachers, she calls them the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also read to children outside, weather permitting. Northam will visit Oak Point Elementary School in Marion at 2:30 p.m. and Miss Amy's in Abingdon at 4 p.m. on Monday. On Tuesday, she will visit Tot Spot in Coeburn at 10 a.m. and Wise Primary School at 11 a.m.