Helpful Resources

For Our Community

Important Information

to help you navigate the Cornonavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Important COVID-19 Vaccination Information!

Get the latest information on availability, eligibility, and access to the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the State of Connecticut website.

All residents who are 12 years and older are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.

The City of Bristol is also providing several opportunities for Bristol residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and is partnering with Griffin Health and the State Department of Public Health to provide vaccinations during the months of May and June.

This clinic is open to Bristol residents 12 years or older – appointments are not needed, but a parent or guardian must accompany and give consent for anyone under the age of 18. Those who receive a vaccine will be given assistance to schedule their second vaccine appointment.

Community Health Centers at 395 North Main Street are also administering vaccines Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4pm. No pre-registration is needed.

Download the List of May and June Vaccine Clinics

COVID Alert CT Notification App

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.

COVID Testing in Bristol

Community Health Centers of Bristol, is operating on a 7-day a week testing schedule from 8:30am-4:00pm, at Centre Square across the street from City Hall. Free walk-up or drive-up COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR testing is now available! You do not need to have any symptoms to get tested. No appointment is required, but we encourage you to complete an online registration form prior to arriving at a testing site.* Click here to access and fill out online form – one form is required for each person in your party.

CVD Pharmacies are offering testing at their Minute Clinics. You can log onto the CVS Minute Clinic website and make appointments there for any CVS location.

All Heart Hotline

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.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources

Updates from the Bristol Senior Center

For the latest updates from the Bristol Senior Center, visit their web page.

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.

Funeral Assistance for Connecticut Families Who’ve Lost a Loved One Due to COVID-19

FEMA announced that they will begin accepting applications for funeral assistance for Connecticut families who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19. While no amount of money can heal the loss of a loved one, this grant program can help ease the financial strain on Connecticut families who’ve suffered so much from COVID-19. We have lost almost 8,000 Connecticut residents due to COVID-19 and this program will help bring financial relief to many of the families who have experienced loss.

Connecticut families who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, for an individual whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral through FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, 9 AM ET – 9 PM ET. No online applications will be accepted.

Who Can Apply for Assistance?
You may qualify if: You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, and the funeral expenses were for an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19. Individuals may apply for assistance for multiple funerals.

How do Connecticut families Apply?
FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, 9 AM ET – 9 PM ET. No online applications will be accepted. Multilingual services will be available.

What Information do Connecticut Families Need to Provide?
The applicant responsible for COVID-19 funeral expenses will need to provide the following information below when they call FEMA to register for assistance. FEMA recommends gathering this information ahead of the application process.

  • Your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers.
  • The name, social security number and date of birth for each deceased individual.
  • The location or address where the deceased individual passed away.
  • Documentation and receipts for any assistance already received from other sources, including burial or funeral insurance, donations, voluntary agencies, other government programs or non-profit organizations.
  • If you and another person both incurred funeral expenses for the same deceased individual(s), you can also provide that person as a co-applicant — include their name, social security number and date of birth on the application.

Updates from the Bristol Public Library

For the latest updates from the Bristol Public Library, visit their website.

Information About Local Businesses

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.

Grocery Stores:

Pharmacies:

  • CVS – click here for information on FREE  Rx delivery, store hours, and more.
  • Walgreens – click here for information about FREE shipping for online orders, prescriptions, store hours, and more.
  • Beacon Pharmacy – click here for more information, store hours, locations, and more.

Community Resources

Information from Bristol Health

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COVID-19
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.

Information from the Bristol-Burlington Health District

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:

  • Bristol – 860-584-3000
  • Burlington – 860-626-7903

Information from Bristol Public Schools

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School Closing and Continuous Learning Plans
Click here for important information and updates from the Bristol Board of Education.

Community Funds

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so too will community needs.

Some of the community funds which have been established are posted below. If you know of any others, please email ecd@bristolct.gov with the name of the fund and the details so that we can share it here.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

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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.

DONATE NOW.


COVIS-19 Response Fund

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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.

All Heart Helpers

Share Your Story

Share your All Heart Helper story here,  and we’ll be happy to post it to the Bristol All Heart blog and on social media so we can stay connected to all the great things our neighbors here in Bristol are doing to help all of us get through this together. Or post your story on social media with the hashtag #allhearthelpers