Please click here for the City of Bridgeport's latest COVID-19 Guidelines
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.
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
Please call 203-576-7468
or email us with any questions.
Ebony Jackson-Shaheed, MPH, Epidemiologist
Director of Health & Social Services
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604