This page has been established to provide the Bristol community with resources and information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue to add relevant information as it becomes available.
Help protect your community while maintaining your privacy with the COVID Alert CT, a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others. The more people that participate in COVID Alert CT, the more effective it will be.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, everyone needs to do their part. The City of Bristol is encouraging all residents to help themselves and the community stay safe by downloading the newly launched COVID Alert CT app, which notifies you if you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, without disclosing your location or any of your personal information.
The app is available in multiple languages and can be used on Android and iPhone.
For iPhone/Apple Devices Follow these simple steps:
1. Go to Settings > scroll down to find Exposure Notifications >Turn on Exposure Notifications
2. Tap Continue to select United States then choose Connecticut
To verify that the exposure notifications are enabled on an iPhone, you should see that the Exposure Logging Status is set to Active and there will be a green checkmark next to it.
For Android Phones/Devices:
Download the COVID Alert app from Google Play Store. To verify exposure notifications are enabled, open the app, click on the Settings tab and ensure that Exposure Notifications are set to “On”.
How Exposure Notifications Work
Your smartphone uses Bluetooth to keep a log throughout the day. Your smartphone looks for other smartphones that have the Exposure Notifications turned on and keeps a rolling 14-day log of their shared identifiers. If someone gets a positive diagnosis, they can report it and anonymously notify those who have been near them. Exposure Notifications help protect your privacy by using random, rotating Bluetooth identifiers to determine if you may have been exposed to someone who has indicated they have COVID-19.
Help protect your community by getting tested. Testing is available through Wheeler Clinic at Bristol Eastern High School, located at 632 King Street, on Wednesdays between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. They will ask for your license and insurance card. This is a self-administered swirl test of both nostrils. It is a PCR test and you can log onto a website to see results, which are usually available prior to their phone call to you. When getting tested they will most likely give you the website information for you to logon to for your results. Please check the Wheeler Clinic website for up-to-date testing information and additional locations.
On Thursdays testing is being done at Tunxis Community College from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Administered by Griffin Hospital, this is a drive thru testing site at the Farmington campus. You must present a valid ID.
Community Health Centers of Bristol, located at 395 North Main Street, is operating on a 7-day a week testing schedule from 8:30am-4:00pm. Registration is required at the Hope Street parking lot (across the street from City Hall at Riverside Avenue and North Main Street) before arriving at the test location. The staff will administer the testing in a drive thru format. The cut off for testing is done after they evaluate how many cars are in line that will take them through to 4:30pm. Visit the CHC website for more information and to fill out the pre-registration form.
You can also log onto the CVS Minute Clinic website and make appointments there for any CVS location.
The Bristol All-Heart Hotline is for Bristol residents without family or others to assist with social services or additional support during this public health emergency. The phone number is: 860-584-6253. The hotline is for residents confined to their home, are elderly or at risk, people with transportation issues, families who can’t reach the School Food Distribution Sites, and other situations. Individuals under these circumstances can call and leave a message with their name, phone number, email and their specific need. Issues will be reviewed and if applicable will be matched with a volunteer to assist.
The City is compiling a list of interested volunteers to assist during this crisis. For persons interested in volunteering, please send an email with your name and cell phone number to MayorsOffice@bristolct.gov
Línea de Apoyo de Bristol All-Heart
La línea de apoyo es para residentes de Bristol sin familia u otros para ayudar con los servicios sociales o apoyo adicional durante esta emergencia de salud pública. El número de teléfono es: 860-584-6253. La línea de apoyo es para residentes confinados a su casa, son ancianos o en riesgo, personas con problemas de transporte, familias que no pueden llegar a los sitios de distribución de alimentos escolares y otras situaciones. Las personas bajo estas circunstancias pueden llamar y dejar un mensaje con su nombre, número de teléfono, correo electrónico y su necesidad específica. Los problemas serán revisados y, si corresponde, se emparejarán con un voluntario para ayudar.
La ciudad está compilando una lista de voluntarios interesados para ayudar durante esta crisis. Para las personas interesadas en ser voluntarios, por favor envíe un correo electrónico con su nombre y número de teléfono a MayorsOffice@bristolct.gov
Click here for additional information about the Coronavirus from the City of Bristol.
Senior Center Library/Computer Use to Open by Appointment Starting November 9, 2020.
The Bristol Senior Center is now allowing members to come to their library to take out books or use the computer. Members must call the Senior Center main office at 860-584-7895 to schedule a time to come in. The library and computer access will be available weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A Covid-19 Assessment Form must be completed in order to come into the Senior Center. Assessment forms are available on our website, or you can pick them up at the main entrance of the senior center. Sorry, walk-ins will not be allowed.
Senior Center to Offer Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives Program Starting November 9, 2020
With the pandemic now entering its eighth month and the cold winter months approaching, the Bristol Senior Center is inviting its members to be a part of a new social program called Health Minds, Healthy Lives. The Bristol Senior Center will open its doors weekdays to provide an opportunity to come and get some much needed social time with your friends and other senior center members you haven’t seen in a long time. Staff will be available to answer questions you may have as we all manage our way through the pandemic. Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives will give members the opportunity to visit with each other is a safe atmosphere. Days and times available include: Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., or 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., or Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required for this program. Participants can sign up to attend by calling the Bristol Senior Center at 860-584-7895 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Participants are allowed to bring their own drink and snack. A Covid-19 Assessment Form must be completed in order to attend the program. Assessment forms are available on our website, or you can pick them up at the main entrance of the senior center. Sorry, walk-ins will not be allowed.
Phone Call Check-Ins
Do You Need To Talk To Someone? If you are getting lonely with all of this social isolationism and you would like to talk to someone, or if you would like to be checked in on regularly, please call the Senior Center office at 860-584-7895 to sign up for a program we are looking to get off the ground called the “Daily Call Sheet.” This program teams volunteers up with people who need more social interaction. We are also actively looking for volunteers willing to make phone calls once or twice a week.
For the latest updates from the Bristol Public Library, visit their website.
The below information is only a small list of helpful links and resources, as we gather information from more businesses and retailers in Bristol, we will post it here. Be sure to check for updates on a regular basis. If you are a local business owner and would like to inform the community of your plans about your business (i.e. closure, reduced hours, or special accommodations you may be making to continue doing business) click here to fill out the business form and we will add it to this page and will make sure we keep it up date as things change.
With the increasing concern regarding the coronavirus, Bristol Health is taking the necessary measures and precautions to efficiently and effectively serve the community’s health needs. Please visit their website for information or you may call their Coronavirus Hotline at 860.261.6855 to learn more.
For the latest updates from the local health district, please visit their website. Or you may contact them at 860-584-7682.
In the event of an after-hours or weekend Public Health EMERGENCY use the following contact information:
School Closing and Continuous Learning Plans
Click here for important information and updates from the Bristol Board of Education.
Some of the community funds which have been established are posted below. If you know of any others, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the fund and the details so that we can share it here.
United Way of West Central Connecticut has established the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to address the short- and long-term consequences of the pandemic. Utilizing our local network of nonprofit and government partners, the Fund will be used to rapidly deploy resources to help individuals and families affected by the pandemic.
UWWCC is collaborating with local municipal and philanthropic leaders to ensure that all funds raised best meet the needs in our community. As this pandemic continues to evolve, so too will community needs. This Fund will allow flexibility to address those needs.
Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to help mobilize the necessary resources to support the current emerging needs. With this Fund, MSCF hopes to rapidly deploy flexible resources to help in areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This fund is designed to give added support to those community organizations meeting the basic needs of local residents in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott.
Help Those Right Here in Your Community – DONATE NOW!
MSCF encourages individual donors, companies, and other funders to contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund. MSCF will work in partnership with town governments and other funders to ensure the Fund has maximum reach and effectiveness. To help your community during this crisis, please consider donating to the COVID-19 Response Fund here.
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