Currently, the Council is producing regular newsletters, giving information and advice regarding the current coronavirus situation
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This is the most recent newsletter, number 67 issued January 14th:
Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter
With case numbers of COVID-19 increasing across the city, this continues
to be a critical time. The latest figures for Bristol show the
coronavirus case rate has increased to 505 new cases per 100,000 people
in the past seven days. The current R rate in the South West is between
1.1 and 1.5 – one of the highest in the country.
The strain on our local hospitals is also increasing. As of yesterday
(13 January), 370 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been
admitted to hospitals in the area in the past seven days, adding to the
already severe pressures healthcare staff are working under.
To keeps ourselves and others safe, and protect the NHS, we must all
continue to do the most we can to avoid spreading the virus. If you have
coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test at
one of our five sites in Bristol. By getting a test you can help
protect your household and our city, and if you test positive, you must
As we approach the weekend, I’d like to thank you all for the sacrifices
you are continuing to make as we work as a city to stem the spread of
the virus. Please remember, the best action we can all take is to stay
at home, only leaving for essential shopping, exercise, or to get a
Marvin Rees, Mayor of bristol
Freephone 0800 694 0184 Mon - Fri, 8.30am to 5pm Sat - Sun, 10am to 2pm
If you are in urgent need of food, medicine or other necessities whilst
shielding, you can call the free We Are Bristol helpline on: 0800 694
0184. The phone line is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, and
Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm.
COVID-19 testing sites in Bristol
during lockdown it’s important to get tested if you have COVID-19
symptoms. Symptoms include a new continuous cough, a high temperature or
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
We currently have five testing sites in the city for people who have symptoms:
BAWA Leisure Centre in Filton
Brislington Park and Ride (2.1m height restriction for vehicles entering the site)
Hengrove Leisure Park
Netham Park in Redfield
Rear of the Victoria Rooms in the city centre.
If you visit one of our testing sites, please:
Do not use a taxi or public transport
Wear a face covering at all times, including going to and from the testing site
Attend the test site alone where possible
Go straight to the testing site and go straight home after – do not stop anywhere on route.
If you have symptoms, self-isolate and book an appointment as soon as possible at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Has the pandemic affected your job, income or wellbeing?
the Blue Monday virtual jobs fair on 18 January, 11am to 3pm, to
connect with employers, careers advisors and support services.
You will have access to job vacancies from a range of sectors including
health, social care, engineering and construction. Advice and support
services will also be available, covering topics such as mental health,
housing, debts and benefits.
Over 40 organisations are taking part in the virtual event including
Openreach, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, Proud to Care,
Bristol Mental Health Employment Service, St Pauls Advice Centre and the
Centre for Sustainable Energy.