Due to increasing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus with cases in the U.S., Bristol Health is taking proactive measures to prepare for COVID-19. 
Click here to learn more or call our coronavirus hotline at 860.261.6855.

How Bristol Health is Preparing for the Coronavirus

Bristol Health leadership and providers are actively preparing to treat patients who may become infected with the new virus, including:

Specimen Collection Stations

Bristol Healthis operating two Specimen Collection Stations on the Bristol Hospital campus where patients will be able to get swabbed for coronavirus testing. Once collected, the specimens will be sent to outside labs for testing and patients will obtain results from their providers.  Patients need a lab work order from their provider to access this service. Please click here for details about the facility, including location and hours. 

Coordination with Public Health Departments

We are maintaining close communication with other health organizations. This includes:

  • Daily calls with local and state Public Health Departments
  • Participating in all CT Department of Public Health, CDC and other subject matter expertise webinars, conference calls and literature review
  • Coordinating on-going preparedness activities and common goals with the Bristol Burlington Health District, Bristol Police, Bristol Fire, Bristol Public Schools, Bristol Emergency Management and the Mayor's Office
  • Reviewing our inventory of emergency management supplies, personal protective equipment and powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR)
  • Developing a standardized screening process for patients at Bristol Health
  • Testing our system by conducting drills with clinical providers and leaders, including isolation strategies and clinical management of patients.

Limiting Community Events

Community and educational events being hosted by Bristol Health that are limited to 10 attendees or less are currently proceeding as planned. However, each is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For questions regarding an event, please inquire through the contact us form or call the phone number listed in that specific event's details.

We advise anyone who is considering registering for an upcoming event to please self-evaluate and determine if you are clear to attend. You should not register or plan on attending an event if:

  • You've had contact with someone who has or is under investigation for COVID-19.
  • You are experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, body aches or headaches.
  • You have recently traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

We will do our best to provide information about event postponements and cancellations in a timely matter. 

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