Daily Coronavirus Update - April 15, 2020

" If you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. "

- Joe

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I was always taught that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. It's my privilege to share some inspirational stories from those on the ground who are donating their time and energy to helping their fellow West Virginians. These are just a few of the countless acts of kindness happening in our state every single day. Share your stories or recommend someone to be recognized for being WV Strong by emailing WVSTRONG@manchin.senate.gov.

Today’s Better Angel is Brooke Grantham, a Jefferson High School and Fairmont State graduate who is now serving as a travel nurse in New York City. Brooke is one of the many health care professionals working long shifts and making due with the supplies that are available. Though her contract is up soon, she said she plans to sign on for another 21-day commitment. Thank you Brooke, and all nurses and essential workers, for your life-changing efforts.





Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $9,398,776 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airports across West Virginia through the Coronavirus Air, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed by President Trump on March 27th.

“West Virginia airports are vital to the state’s economy which is being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will allow West Virginia’s airports to maintain operations and payroll, continue paying down debts, complete existing projects, and move forward with new developments. This necessary economic relief will ensure our commercial and general aviation airports can continue to provide West Virginians and our visitors with access to our great state and other services. While I am pleased to see West Virginia receive this funding, we must work to ensure that rural states like West Virginia receive dedicated funding in the next emergency funding package,” said Senator Manchin.



Charleston, WV –  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced $1,054,712,809 has been awarded to 5,211 West Virginia businesses.

“I’m glad to see financial relief being issued to West Virginia businesses. West Virginia small businesses are the heart of our economy and they support families and communities throughout our state. But I continue to hear from West Virginia business owners that they are waiting for this relief. There are commonsense, bipartisan fixes we can enact now to improve this program. For example, several of my Republican colleagues and I agree on a simple change that would allow government-owned hospitals like the one in Webster County to apply for these loans. If we don’t include commonsense fixes like this in the next bill, it doesn’t matter how much money we put into this program. It won’t get to the people and the places that need it most,” Senator Manchin said.


WV 211

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginians to utilize the 2-1-1 program operated by United Way of West Virginia. 2-1-1 connects callers with health and human services resources through trained certified specialists. Anyone can call 2-1-1 to learn about specific programs, intake requirements, eligibility, operation hours and more.

“United Way of West Virginia provides an important service to West Virginians by helping users navigate the vast number of resources available to aid with healthcare issues, food shortages, mental health questions and more. This program is more important now than ever as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic and I commend United Way for continuing to serve their fellow West Virginians through this time,” Senator Manchin said.

“United Way’s new 2-1-1 will make information on a wide variety of local support services more accessible across our entire state,” said United Way of Central WV President, Margaret O’Neal. “Whether it’s information for locating a health clinic, finding child care programs, or getting housing assistance, 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, go-to resource for individuals and families.”

To utilize these resources West Virginians can:

Call 2-1-1
Text your zip code to 898-211
Visit http://www.wv211.org/contact
Call toll-free 1-833-848-9905




Our office is working diligently to bring you the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Click the links below for more information. All information regarding resources and more can be found on Senator Manchin's website


Veterans Assistance

Basic Needs

Business Assistance


Feeling Ill?


Any new or updated information will be posted below.

COVID-19 is a healthcare crisis, but the ripple effects have caused economic uncertainty for many West Virginians. The CARES Act includes a dramatic expansion and reform of the existing unemployment insurance program. We’ve strengthened unemployment benefits and ensured that laid-off workers, on average, will receive their full pay for four months.

Expanded Unemployment Insurance
We must take care of those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. The CARES Act expands unemployment eligibility to include part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers; it provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits; and it increases individual benefits by $600 per week to ensure that no one is penalized for practicing responsible social distancing.

Other increased benefits include:

-Extension of Benefits: Recipients will be allowed to remain on unemployment for an additional 13 weeks through December 31, 2020, expanding the total eligibility period for unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 39 weeks.

-Waiver of One Week Waiting Period: The federal government and the State of West Virginia no longer require a one week waiting period for new beneficiaries, meaning that unemployed workers can receive benefits as soon as they become unemployed.

You are eligible if you are unemployed or unable to work because:

-Your place of work is closed as a direct result of COVID-19.
-You or a household member has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or you are experiencing symptoms of the virus and seeking a medical diagnosis.
-You are quarantined because you have been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to the virus.
-You are caring for a member of the household or a family member that has been diagnosed with the virus or unable to attend a school or facility that is closed and the facility is necessary for you to be able to work.
-You were scheduled to start work and the job no longer exists or you are unable to reach the job because of a quarantine at the workplace.
-You are self-employed, are seeking part-time employment, do not have sufficient work history or would not otherwise qualify for regular unemployment under the State or Federal law.

Note: Part-time, self-employed, independent contractors and gig economy workers will be eligible for unemployment.

You are NOT eligible for unemployment if:

-You have the ability to telework with pay.
-You are receiving paid leave benefits.

All unemployment received, including the additional $600 through July 31, will be taxable. The amount of unemployment received will be disregarded in determining Medicaid or CHIP eligibility.

To apply For Unemployment through WorkForce West Virginia, click here: https://uc.workforcewv.org/consumer/?lang=en

Questions about applying for unemployment in West Virginia can be directed to Workforce West Virginia by emailing Workforce.COVID19@wv.gov.

Direct Payments To West Virginians
To address unforeseen financial challenges not covered by expanded Unemployment Insurance benefits or modified Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, the bill authorizes direct payments of $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for couples. Families are also eligible for an additional $500 per child. Working class Americans that file their taxes will receive a direct payment. Those who are on Social Security or otherwise do not file income taxes will receive their payment in the form of check.

An individual is eligible for the full benefit if they make less than $75,000 per year. Couples and other joint filers are eligible if their combined annual income is less than $150,000. Above that threshold, benefits will be reduced by $5 for every $100 of income and phased out entirely for those making $99,000 or more ($198,000 for couples).

Any individual making $99,000 or more per year will not receive any direct payment. Any couple or other joint filers making $198,000 or more per year will not receive any direct payment.

Individuals that receive form SSA-1099, which includes those that are receiving Old-Age, Survivor, and Disability (OASDI) benefits through Social Security, and individuals that receive form RRB-1099, which includes those that have worked in jobs covered by the Railroad Retirement Act, will be eligible for the stimulus check and will not be required to fill out any additional tax documents. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who have dependents under the age of 17 can use a new IRS tool online to register to claim the additional $500 per dependent they are eligible to receive.

For all others who do not normally file their taxes, including seniors and some veterans who do not normally file tax returns, they are also eligible to receive a check; however, in order to receive the stimulus payment, an individual that falls into one of these categories will need to file a simple tax return for 2019.

To help millions of people, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return.

The non-filer tool, developed in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available only on IRS.gov, and users should look for Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to take them directly to the tool.

The tool will request basic information to confirm eligibility, calculate and send the Economic Impact Payments: 

-Full names and Social Security numbers, including for spouse and dependents
-Mailing address
-Bank account type, account and routing numbers

To access the non-filer tool, click here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

SSI recipients with no qualifying children do not need to take any action in order to receive their $1,200 economic impact payment.

For SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17, go to IRS.gov and click on the “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” button. The tool will request basic information to confirm eligibility, calculate and send the Economic Impact Payments. 

Recipients will receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment.  If SSI beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait until later to receive their $500 per qualifying child.

For those SSI recipients with dependents who use Direct Express debit cards, additional information will be available soon regarding the steps to take on the IRS web site when claiming children under 17.

The Social Security Administration will not consider Economic Impact Payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.

Use the IRS's "Get My Payment" application to:

-Check your payment status
-Confirm your payment type: direct deposit or check
-Enter your bank account information for direct deposit if the IRS doesn't have your direct deposit information and hasn't sent your payment yet

To access the "Get My Payment" application, click here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

Due to high demand you may have to wait longer than usual to access this site.

More Information

Senator Manchin's Unemployment Fact Sheet: https://www.manchin.senate.gov/download/cares-act-unemployment

Senator Manchin's Checks For West Virginians Fact Sheet: https://www.manchin.senate.gov/download/cares-act-checks-for-west-virginians

Apply For Unemployment (WorkForce West Virginia): https://uc.workforcewv.org/consumer/?lang=en



This is the main question my office is receiving: Where can I get a test? Please note that this is not a comprehensive list; there may be more testing sites out there that are added daily.  In order to provide as much reliable information as possible, I am including testing sites that are verified through an official communication or news release.

I will keep this section of my newsletter and my website as up-to-date as possible.  For any organizations or health care organizations who would like their site listed, or who have updates on their hours or requirements, please email me at common_sense@manchin.senate.gov .

It is recommended that you seek testing only when you begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Click here to view the screening criteria. To report your symptoms and be directed to one of the available testing sites, contact your primary care doctor or a designated hotline for your area. Most, if not all, sites require a physician's order before testing. If you have gone through these steps and are still having issues getting a test, please email me at common_sense@manchin.senate.gov and a member of my staff will reach out to you to see if we can assist.

Click here for WV DHHR's latest updates to reported COVID-19 cases

Click here to find a testing site near you.

Any new additions or updates will be included below.





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