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Bristol Provides Update on Local Vaccination Effort, Sets Final Testing Clinic Date

COVID-19 Vaccinations- Bristol-Run Vaccination Site

On Saturday, March 13th, 2021, the Town of Bristol successfully completed the first dose delivery of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to residents primarily 75 and older. Over the next four weeks, the Town will be working to administer the second dose of the vaccine to the same population. Residents at Benjamin Church Manor and School/Childcare personnel will also receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March.

To date, the Town clinics has administered 5,496 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

With the State’s moves to a regional vaccination distribution model, there are no further allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Town at this time. The Town of Bristol will continue to work closely with RIDOH to ensure all residents can get vaccinated.

Moving forward, all new vaccination appointments should be done through the State-Run Vaccination Sites, Select Local Pharmacies, or Select Hospitals.

For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine or view eligibility, please visit www.bristolri.gov/vaccination.

COVID-19 Testing – Bristol Town Beach Site

As of April 1st, 2021, the Town of Bristol will cease its weekly testing clinic at the Bristol Town Beach. With the increased availability of COVID-19 tests, there has been a reduced need for the Town’s site.

The final testing clinic will be held on March 27th, 2021 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.

As of Saturday, March 13th, 2021, the Bristol Test Site has conducted 4,079 rapid tests.

Moving forward, Bristol residents are encouraged to visit the asymptomatic pop-up COVID-19 test site, located inside the former Jos. A. Bank storefront at the Barrington Shopping Center (180 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806). That testing site is operated by the Rhode Island National Guard and runs on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Eastbay Community Action Program is also operating a testing site in Warren, in a modular unit on Railroad Ave. near the post office. Appointments are required and can be made at portal.ri.gov or by calling 401-222-8022 and selecting option 4.

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For a full list of rapid & PCR testing sites in the State, please click here.

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Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Provides COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Update

Dear Residents of Bristol,

I hope you are doing well. As we mark almost a year since the first case of COVID-19 in Rhode Island, I want to thank all of our residents for doing their part to reduce the spread of the virus and helping our most vulnerable population. It has been a difficult year, but there is an end in sight.

Rhode Island’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline (2.1% this week), and 225,551 vaccinations have been administered statewide.

Locally, we continue to coordinate with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to vaccinate residents 75 years and older off of Bristol’s local vaccination waitlist.

Until all residents can get vaccinated, please continue to remain vigilant and safe.

COVID-19 Vaccine

There are several options for Bristol residents 65 years of age or older to be vaccinated:

  1. State-Run Vaccination Sites: Register for a vaccine at the two state sites in Providence and Cranston here: www.vaccinateri.org/ or call 844-930-1779. We will update you as more State-Run Vaccination Sites become available.
  2. Pharmacies: CVS and Walgreens are now accepting online reservations.
  3. Lifespan Clinic: To register, please visit bit.ly/LifespanVax.
  4. At-Home: If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following form: bit.ly/homeboundvax.

At this time, the Bristol-Run Vaccination Site is only accepting pre-registrations for residents 75 years of age and older.

For the latest information on Rhode Island’s vaccination effort, please visit: www.bristolri.gov/vaccination. To sign up for RIDOH’s weekly vaccination newsletter, please click here.

COVID-19 Testing

Due to the decreased volume of residents seeking COVID-19 tests, the Town of Bristol will be adjusting its testing site hours. Effective March 1st, 2021, the Town of Bristol will be operating its testing clinic at the Bristol Town Beach (50 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809) at the following time:

  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Weather permitting)

Bristol residents are also encouraged to visit the asymptomatic pop-up COVID-19 test site, located inside the former Jos. A. Bank storefront at the Barrington Shopping Center (180 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806). That testing site is operated by the Rhode Island National Guard and runs on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Eastbay Community Action Program is operating a testing site in Warren, in a modular unit on Railroad Ave. near the post office. Appointments are required and can be made at portal.ri.gov or by calling 401-222-8022 and selecting option 4.

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For a full list of rapid & PCR testing sites in the State, please click here.

As more information becomes available, the Town will continue to post updates to the Town of Bristol’s website (www.bristolri.gov) and through the Bristol Phoenix. 

Sincerely,

Steven Contente, Town Administrator

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Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

State Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Process, Opens Eligibility to 65+ Residents Starting February 22nd

BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, February 17th, 2021, the State of Rhode Island announced the updated vaccination registration process for residents.

Beginning Monday, February 22nd, 2021, residents age 65 years and older will be eligible to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Moving forward, all new vaccination appointments should be done through the State-Run Vaccination Sites or Select Local Pharmacies.

Residents can register at the State-Run Vaccination Sites in two different ways:

Alternatively, residents can schedule a vaccination appointment through select CVS or Walgreens pharmacies.

“The Town of Bristol is committed to helping residents get the COVID-19 vaccine in the quickest, most efficient manner,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “Bristol will continue to vaccinate the residents on our 75+ waitlist and work with the State as they consolidate the registration process.”

Bristol residents age 75+ that pre-registered for the vaccine through the Bristol-Run Vaccination Site will remain on the town’s waitlist. As vaccine doses become available, a town representative will contact residents on the town waitlist to schedule their first vaccination appointment.

Bristol’s latest COVID-19 vaccination updates can be viewed by visiting www.bristolri.gov/vaccination.

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Bristol Adjusts COVID-19 Rapid Test Site Hours

Testing Site Hours Update

On February 27th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced a change to its COVID-19 drive-through testing site hours. The new hours are Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced a change to its COVID-19 drive-through testing site hours.

Moving forward, the clinic will run on the following schedule, weather permitting, at the Bristol Town Beach (50 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809):

  • Thursdays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Bristol residents are also encouraged to visit the asymptomatic pop-up COVID-19 test site, located in the former Jos. A. Bank storefront at the Barrington Shopping Center (180 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806). That testing site is operated by the Rhode Island National Guard and runs on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM*

*This schedule is for an indefinite period of time.

Please Note: Residents that are symptomatic or require documentation showing negative test results should receive a PCR test by visiting covid.ri.gov/testing.

For more information on Bristol’s COVID-19 testing clinic and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the town’s COVID-19 dashboard at www.bristolri.gov/covid-19/testing.

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Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Establishes COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Process for Residents

BRISTOL, RI– On Thursday, January 28th, 2021, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente announced Bristol’s COVID-19 vaccination registration process for senior residents.

Beginning Monday, February 1st, 2021, at 8:30 AM, Bristol residents aged 75 years and older can sign up to be placed on Bristol’s COVID-19 Vaccination Waitlist. As vaccines become available, the Town of Bristol will contact residents on the waitlist to schedule their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Bristol will be following the Rhode Island Department of Health’s distribution guidelines. The Town will be using an age-based list with the most senior residents being called first as vaccines become available.

Residents can register two different ways:

  1. Online – The online registration form will be available at www.bristolri.gov/vaccination beginning February 1st, 2021 at 8:30 AM.
  2. By Phone – To register by phone, residents can call the Parks & Recreation Senior Services Office at 401-253-1611 Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. If the phone line is busy, please leave a message with your contact information and a staff member will call you back.

“The Town of Bristol is establishing this list now so as soon as the doses are delivered, we can call our residents and get them vaccinated,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente.

Bristol’s latest COVID-19 vaccination updates can be viewed by visiting www.bristolri.gov/vaccination.

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COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Expands Business Eligibility for Propane Assistance Program

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced that it was expanding its propane fuel assistance program to all Bristol businesses that have outdoor patio or tent heaters.

Beginning Thursday, January 28th, 2021, eligible businesses will be able to receive free propane fuel from Sunshine Fuels & Energy Services on a limited basis.

Every Thursday, businesses can bring their tanks to Sunshine’s Bristol location (374 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809) during their regular business hours to get them refilled.

Please Note: Refills are limited to once per week per business. A maximum of ten (10) propane tanks can be refilled at a time per business.

This service will be offered until the credit at Sunshine Fuel has been depleted.

This program was funded through the State of Rhode Island’s Take It Outside initiative.

For additional questions, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale at [email protected].

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Bristol Opens COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site for Residents

Testing Site Hours Update

On February 27th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced a change to its COVID-19 drive-through testing site hours. The new hours are Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, January 8th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced that it will begin operating a COVID-19 drive-through testing site at the Bristol Town Beach. This site will be a municipally run and sponsored COVID-19 rapid testing clinic.

“I am proud that our Fire Department and Police Department were able to work together to plan and complete this important public health service for the residents of Bristol,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “My hope is that locally available tests will help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by making it much easier for residents to get tested.”

The first clinic will take place on Saturday, January 9th, 2021, from 10:00AM to 4:00 PM at the Bristol Town Beach (50 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809).

Moving forward, the clinic will run on the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

No appointment is necessary to receive a test. Upon arriving at the Bristol Town Beach, residents will be asked to complete a short registration form. Clinic workers will direct residents through a drive-through lane, where they will receive their test kits. Residents will be asked to stay in their vehicles while they take the test. After submitting the test samples, residents can choose to wait for their results or leave the testing site. All residents will receive their results by phone on the same day as they took their test.

All testing and result data will be delivered securely to the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Please Note: Residents that are symptomatic or require documentation showing negative test results should receive a PCR test by visiting covid.ri.gov/testing.

For more information on Bristol’s COVID-19 testing clinic and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the town’s COVID-19 dashboard at www.bristolri.gov/covid-19/testing.

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Simple Recycling Suspends “Pink Bag” Program

BRISTOL, RI– On December 14th, 2020, Simple Recycling announced the suspension of the Simple Recycling curbside collection program in Bristol effective December 21st, 2020. The notice provided by Simple Recycling can be viewed below.

The Town of Bristol encourages all residents to donate unused textiles to local charities.