COVID-19 Information

Phased Re-Opening Is Beginning In Both TN and VA!

Governor Lee (TN) has declared phased reopening of the state and is asking people to continue to physical distance and wear masks when in public (see TN Pledge here). Governor Northam (VA) is advising people to stay at home except for allowable travel (see Forward Virginia here).

While every effort is being made to keep this page updated as quickly as possible, closings and schedule changes are happening rapidly. Please call the location before traveling for assistance. Be sure to refresh your browser to ensure the most updated information.

Local Information and Resources

Downtown Bristol has free wi-fi hotspots. You may need to sign in, but there is no charge.

Charging station at First Baptist Church near food pantry open 24/7

City of Bristol TN Information

City of Bristol VA Information: Community preparedness page

United Way of Bristol TN/VA: Limited assistance may be available

BTES: Temporarily suspended service disconnections

BVU Authority: Temporarily suspending service disconnections extended through June 14 per State Corporation Commission (see order here)

AEP: Temporarily suspending service disconnections

First Presbyterian Church Response Team Model

City of Bristol TN Press Release 03-16-20

Believe In Bristol

Regional Joint Response to COVID-19 03/19/20

Bristol Chamber of Commerce

Haven of Rest Thrift Store closed as of 03/27

Bristol Faith in Action by appointment only

Frontier Health Service Locations

Serving Tri-Cities Regional - Where to find help in the Appalachian Highlands

Appalachian Regional Commission COVID-19 Page

Hot showers are available Tues and Thurs from 1p - 4p at Haven of Rest (shower trailer site) and Anchor Baptist Church (single showers)

Feeding Programs

NE Tennessee School Closure Feeding Sites Map

Bristol TN Schools Feeding Program

Bristol VA Schools Feeding Program

As of 04/06/20, food pickup for Washington Lee Elementary has been moved to the front entrance of VA High School.

Kingsport City Schools Feeding Program

Washington County (TN) Schools Feeding Program

Washington County (VA) Schools Feeding Program

Sullivan County Schools Summer Feeding Program

Haven of Rest Meals: Offering evening meals. Food pantry open Tues and Thurs 9a - 11a. Please call before appointment to food pantry: (423) 968-2011. Thrift store closed as of 03/27

Sharing Christ Ministries: Take-away meal available starting at 4pm on Saturday 03/19

Salvation Army: Take-away meals only Sun - Fri. Food pantry Tues and Thur 9a - 11a. Please call before traveling: (423) 764-6156

Feeding Southwest Virginia: Hot meals Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10am-1pm - take away only. Abingdon location.

DAV Chapter 39 Food Pantry: 630 Carden Hollow Rd., Bristol, TN - Open 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 6pm

House of Prayer Worship Center: Food pantry 3rd Thursday from 5pm-6:30pm, drive through only, requires photo ID and proof of income.

Bristol Emergency Food Pantry: Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1pm until 4pm on first-come, first serve basis.

Rockhold United Methodist Church 3rd Saturdays starting at 9:30am

First Trinity Pentecostal Church 3rd Saturdays starting at 9:00am

Little Free Pantries

Covenant Fellowship Church "The Little Free Pantry" at the following locations:

2004 Lee Hwy, Bristol, VA.

103 Memorial Drive. Bristol Tn

2004 Lee Highway. Bristol Va

807 Park Street Bristol, Va

Highland View Elementary School

1405 Eads Avenue. Bristol, Va.

First Baptist Church "Blessings Box" located at 1 Virginia St., Bristol VA

United Companies Soup Kitchen

Serving Tri-Cities Regional - Where to find help in the Appalachian Highlands

Community Center of Abingdon: Drive through food pickup on Fri., 05/15/20 11am until gone. 300 Senior Drive, Abingdon, VA

Pet Food Donation Sites

Appalachian: Mission Pawsible Providing 2 weeks of pet food on a case-by-case basis for those impacted by COVID-19

Good Samaritan Ministries, Johnson City, TN (423) 928-0288. Please call before traveling.

Information and Assistance for Individuals

We will update this as we become aware of additional resources. Please note that temporary suspension of disconnection does not mean the amount due will be forgiven. That bill will come due at some point in the future.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Military Emergency Assistance Program

Food City - KVAT Foods Hiring 2,500 workers

TN Unemployment website

VA Unemployment website: Virginia Employment Commission is waiving the waiting week requirements for all new initial claims with an effective date of 3-16-2020 and beyond due to the Coronavirus outbreak in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, VEC will be waiving the work search requirements for all claimants starting with the week ending 3-21-2020.

Online Addiction Recovery Options: Includes daily online meetings, message board, and 24/7 live chat.

TANF Emergency Benefits During COVID-19 (TN)

SNAP Program Emergency Benefits (VA)

Highlands Community Services Board Online Resources

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Government Response Information

TN State Guidance for Community Members Providing Childcare

Contact 211 of Northeast TN can be reached by dialing 2-1-1

Sample Childcare Intake Form During COVID-19

Virginia Highlands Community College food for students

Financial Aid Available for Certain Families Who Lost Employment Due to COVID-19 (TN)

Assistance Applying for Medicaid Under New Guidelines

CARES Act Recover Check FAQ

Professional Beauty Association relief fund (Nationwide)

Horst Rechelbacher Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund for Beauty Professionals (Nationwide)

Frontier Health Service Locations

ReVida Recover offering telehealth services

Local online recover meetings list

Serving Tri-Cities Regional - Where to find help in the Appalachian Highlands

Fitted facemask tutorial (non-medical grade)

No-sew facemask tutorial (non-medical grade)

Accessing Mobile Crisis Response Unit

Childcare Stipend for TN Essential Workers

TN DCS Family Resource Guide

Self Care

With all the hustle and hurry, don't forget to take time for yourself.

The Social Distancing Festival

Planet Fitness: Free online workouts on their Facebook page

Fitness Blender: Free workout videos

Down Dog App Yoga: Free yoga workouts until May 1

Strategies for Self-Care with Social Isolation

Text less, call more! Hearing the sound of your friends, family, and co-workers can ease anxiety.

Clean up and Organize A la Marie Kondo...does it spark joy?

Start A New Hobby

Take Up Meditation (in 3 minutes)

Take a Walk (but maintain 6 feet of distance from others)

Find a virtual volunteer opportunity

Read A Book: The Bristol library is closed, but they have a great e-book selection!

When It's Too Much Toolkit from ACEs Connection

Frontier Health Service Locations

ReVida Recovery offering telehealth services

Online local recovery meetings list

How You Can Help

The best way to help is to stay home, stay 6 feet away from others, and wash your hands with soap often!

However, here are some other ways to help in our community.

To Volunteer In Our Community

To Give To Those In Need in Our Community - Regional United Ways COVID-19 Relief Fund

Blood Donations Needed!

TN State Guidance for Community Members Providing Childcare

Appalachian Sustainable Development supporting local farmers

Fitted facemask tutorial (non-medical grade)

No-sew facemask tutorial (non-medical grade)

United Company Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to prepare meals for next day. No direct-client contact. Call United Way of Bristol 423-968-4912

Public Events Calendar

Every effort is being made to update our calendar to reflect changes and cancellations. Please call or email event coordinators to verify information before traveling.

U.S. Map of COVID-19 Cases

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Misinformation

We are starting to see an increase in misinformation. Never give your personal information out to someone who calls or emails.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Misinformation

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