Bridgeport Residents can click here for more information regarding the third Home Test & N95 Mask Distribution!
The City of Bridgeport Department of Health & Social Services is actively monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak and participating in state and federal calls to ensure we are up-to-date on the latest CDC guidance. The best way to protect your family and yourself is to get vaccinated, continue to social distance and stay safe.
As a reminder, the CDC always recommends daily preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CITY OF BRIDGEPORT MASK POLICY:
Effective August 11th, 2021, Mayor Ganim requires the use of masks or protective face coverings in accordance with the Center for Communicable Diseases (CDC) and other federal and/or State of Connecticut guidelines when attending public indoor venues. Indoor venues includes any establishment where patron attend inside such as restaurants, grocery stores, theaters, gyms, and/or retailers. In addition, the use of masks in public parks is also recommended especially in instances of gatherings.
- Required to wear masks in indoor settings. Including municipal buildings, and businesses.
- Recommended to wear masks at parks, and settings where social distancing is not possible.
Health officials state that face covering should have 2 or more layers of protection covering the nose and mouth in order to be effective.
CITY OF BRIDGEPORT MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS MASK POLICY:
- For all City of Bridgeport employees, masks are to be worn outside when contact is made with co-workers and residents for work purposes and six feet social distance is not possible.
- Masks are required to be worn by everyone in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare.
- Masks are to be worn completely covering the mouth and nose while walking throughout all building walkways or rooms outside of a cubicle or desk space (refer to Employee Municipal COVID Guidelines).
- Please note there will be no entry into a building wearing masks with exhalation valves which allow virus particles to escape, or face shields.
COVID-19 TESTING OPPORTUNITIES
For information on COVID-19 testing opportunities in the City of Bridgeport, please click HERE.
COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION
To learn more about the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine, click HERE.
Updated CDC travel guidance
To learn about the CDC's guidance on traveling, click HERE.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU FEEL SICK?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and feel you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, don’t panic, stay home, self-isolate, and call your doctor. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Less common symptoms include: headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and sudden loss of smell or taste.
Please do not go to a doctor’s office or emergency department in person without calling ahead and speaking to a health care provider.
Additional hotlines for more COVID related questions:
Bridgeport Hospital: (203) 688-1700 (local); (833) 484-1200 (toll-free)
Hartford Health Care: (860) 972-8100 or (toll-free) (833) 621-0600.
Bridgeport Health Department: (203) 576-7468