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KATS offers Dial-A-Ride promotion for November

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Area Transit Service is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by offering a special discount throughout November.

Half-price Dial-A-Ride ticket books are now $12 (24 tickets per book).

“We want to thank our current Dial-A-Ride customers through this promotion, as well as attract new riders who can benefit greatly from the Dial-A-Ride service,” said KATS Director Chris Campbell. “This is definitely a situation where spending a little money up front will save a lot of money over time, as these tickets do not expire.”


Campbell said the 30th anniversary of the ADA is a time to reflect on a law that has made a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities in our country. This anniversary is also a time to set goals and expectations for the future in order to create equal opportunities for disabled individuals.

Upon the act’s passage in 1990, Congress clearly stated its intent to ensure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.

All KATS vehicles are equipped with ADA lifts and ramps to support and ensure accessibility.


The Dial-A-Ride van service is an affordable, reliable, safe and efficient way for Kingsport residents to travel to numerous destinations. Eligibility requirements do apply.

The Dial-A-Ride half-price ticket book can be purchased at the KATS downtown terminal (900 E. Main St.) via cash, check, credit or debit. Tickets may also be purchased directly from the drivers. Cash and checks are the only form of payment accepted on the vehicles. Drivers do not carry cash and cannot make change.

For more information about KATS and the services it offers, visit kingsporttransit.org or call (423) 224-2613.

GATE CITY — The Rotary Club of Scott County has made going back to school a little easier for students in need.

No new COVID-19 deaths, 233 new cases reported in Northeast Tennessee

No new COVID-19 deaths and 233 new COVID-19 cases (confirmed and probable) were reported Sunday in Northeast Tennessee. The new cases brought the eight-county region’s pandemic total (confirmed and probable) to 16,533. The region’s death toll remained at 297.

New cases as reported by county: 88 in Sullivan; 57 in Washington; 23 in Hawkins; 23 in Carter; 16 in Johnson; 16 in Greene and 10 in Unicoi. Zero new cases were reported in Hancock County.

Statewide, five new deaths and 3,636 new cases brought Tennessee’s pandemic totals to 3,595 deaths (3,375 confirmed as COVID-19 and 220 probable) and 281,851 cases (264,340 confirmed as COVID-19 and 17,511 probable). Of the 281,851 total cases, 250,818 were listed as “inactive/recovered.”

New case numbers were based on 36,024 new test results statewide, compared to Saturday, with a positive rate of 9.63%.

The five new deaths reported statewide, by age group: one in the 81+ group; one in the 71-80 group; one in the 61-70 group; one in the 51-60 group; and one in the 31-40 group.

Total cases by county in Northeast Tennessee: 4,607 in Sullivan; 4,395 in Hawkins; 2,191 in Greene; 1,946 in Carter; 1,420 in Hawkins; 1,275 in Johnson; 571 in Unicoi; and 128 in Hancock.

Active cases by county in Northeast Tennessee, as of Sunday: 657 in Washington; 624 in Sullivan; 326 in Greene; 282 in Carter; 149 in Hawkins; 132 in Unicoi; 93 in Johnson; and four in Hancock.

Source: Tennessee Department of Health, daily COVID-19 report, Nov. 8, 2020.

COVID-19 in SWVA: Region tops 50 cases

Far Southwest Virginia saw 51 new COVID-19 cases, according to Sunday’s state health data.

The Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus) reported that the state had 1,302 new cases and three additional deaths in the prior 24 hours for pandemic totals of 192,175 cases and 3,707 deaths.

The LENOWISCO Health District saw 51 cases for totals of 2,125 and 31 deaths during the pandemic. Lee County saw 33 cases for totals of 671 and 11 deaths. Wise County had 16 cases for 870 and 11 deaths.

Scott County saw two cases for 523 and nine deaths, while Norton remained at 61 cases and no deaths.

The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and antigen tests in Sunday’s VDH report was 3,008,933 of 8.63 million residents, or 34.87%. For nasal swab testing only, 2,787,106 people have been tested to date, or 32.3%. In the LENOWISCO district, 20,812 of the region’s 86,471 residents have been tested via nasal swab sample for COVID-19, or 24.07%.

Pandemic-wide testing rates by locality were:

• Lee County, 6,539 of 23,423, or 27.92%.

• Norton, 2,020 of 3,981, or 50.74%.

• Wise County, 7,740 of 37,383, or 20.7%.

• Scott County, 4,513 of 21,566, or 20.93%.

Department of Corrections COVID-19 case numbers for Red Onion and Wallens Ridge state prisons and Wise Correctional Camp near Coeburn were not available Sunday.

The seven-day average rate of positive PCR test results in the LENOWISCO district in Sunday’s report dropped from 20.6% to 14.2%. The statewide positivity rate remained at 6%.

According to Sunday’s VDH pandemic measures dashboard, cases in the far southwest region of Virginia — including the LENOWISCO Health District — were ranked as rising after a 48-day increase in cases. The far southwest region ranking for percent positivity of COVID-19 testing results remained increasing based on a 28-day increase in that measure.

All four school systems in the LENOWISCO district — Wise, Lee and Scott counties and Norton — were ranked as highest-risk based on the 14-day case incidence rate in the district. Norton City Schools was ranked highest-risk for percent change in seven-day case incidences. Wise County Schools and Norton City Schools were ranked higher-risk. Wise County and Norton City schools were ranked highest-risk and Lee and Scott county schools lowest-risk.

Where to be tested

Do you think you might have COVID-19? Local health departments provide free testing.

The LENOWISCO Health Department, which covers Norton and Lee, Wise and Scott counties, posts regular updates on testing sites across the district and offers free COVID-19 tests at its county offices. Those seeking a test must call in advance for an appointment. Contact numbers for the county offices are:

• Lee County (Jonesville) — (276) 346-2011.

• Scott County (Gate City) — (276) 386-1312.

• Wise County and Norton (Wise) — (276) 328-8000.

Additional testing and COVID-19 precaution information can be found at the LENOWISCO Health District’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Lenowisco.

The Health Wagon will partner with the Virginia Department of Health to offer 17 sessions of free drive-thru testing at Food City in St. Paul through Dec. 31. Call (276) 328-8850 for an appointment.

In Southwest Virginia, online resources are available to help evaluate whether residents might be infected and where to get a COVID-19 test. The Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDCHECK (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/) can walk users through symptoms they may be experiencing and help direct them to their local health department office or other available testing sites.