April 24, 2020

 " As we know, many people are struggling in these uncertain times. My staff and I are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information and resources. But the bottom line is that hope - and the determination to stay hopeful - is going to go a long way in getting us through this together. I'm enjoying reading your submissions to my WV Strong email. You are all an inspiration to your communities. Let's continue to give each other something to look forward to each and every day. Stay West Virginia Strong."

- Joe



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Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on President Trump signing into law the bipartisan $484 billion coronavirus relief package to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and increase funding for healthcare providers that was passed by the Senate on Wednesday and the House of Representatives on Thursday.

“Today President Trump signed into law an additional $484 billion in coronavirus emergency funding. While I am relieved we were finally able to agree on a bipartisan compromise that includes increased funding for healthcare providers and small businesses, I am exceedingly worried that the Americans and West Virginians who need support the most will not receive this help. I will continue fighting to change the emergency healthcare funding distribution formula to ensure our rural providers receive their fair share and I won’t stop pushing for the commonsense, bipartisan fixes we know we need to make the PPP program work for Main Street, not Wall Street. I will also keep calling for flexible funding for our state and local governments to ensure they can maintain the essential services their constituents need now more than ever,” said Senator Manchin.



Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led 74 Senators in calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senators said in part, “Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all corners of the United States. In many rural areas, broadcast stations are the predominant or only form of local information. It is important that local media are able to continue to provide their services during the COVID-19 pandemic so that Americans are able to stay up to date with the latest news and information.”



Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a tele-town hall with the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Local and small businesses across West Virginia have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our communities and economies are hurting and we must do everything possible to help our rural small businesses stay afloat. That’s why I fought for dedicated rural funding in the additional emergency funding the Senate passed yesterday so that mom and pop shops can apply for support that big businesses can’t touch. I appreciate the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce for sharing their concerns and asking questions about this terrible pandemic and the support available for local and small businesses,” said Senator Manchin.



Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support small airports during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide critical flexibility in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.

The Senators said in part, “The Essential Air Service (EAS) Program connects over 170 small communities in the U.S. to the National Air Transportation System, providing rural communities that simply are not profitable to serve with an essential connection to major airports and metropolitan areas throughout the country. However, with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) continuing to advise the American public to avoid discretionary travel as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), traffic through our rural airports has precipitously declined. These disruptions have already caused 53 airlines to suspend or severely reduce flights, and we are concerned that the smaller, less profitable airlines who predominately serve our rural constituents through the EAS program will have the most difficulty remaining solvent during these next few months. While we appreciate the steps you have taken to increase flexibility within EAS, more needs to be done to help EAS and its partner airlines maintain the capacity to serve our constituents when business and travel are allowed to resume.”



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 Seth Adams, a travel nurse from Kenova who graduated from Spring Valley High School and the nursing program at Marshall University. Seth’s currently working in New York City at ground zero of the virus. All of our healthcare professionals are to be commended for their efforts every day, but especially for how they’ve stepped up during this crisis. Seth, I’m proud to join your loving parents, Chuck and Melinda, in sending you our best wishes. We hope you stay healthy and safe and that you get to come home soon.



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

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Any new or updated information will be posted below. All information is updated daily on manchin.senate.gov/coronavirus.



Where can I get a test? This is a question my office has received since the beginning of this pandemic. 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.

LOCATION: Kermit City Hall parking lot, 101 Main Street, Kermit
HOURS: Thursday, April 30 at 9am

This community drive-thru test site requires pre-screening prior to the one-day event. Call 304-792-7130 ext. 1016 on Monday, April 27 – Wednesday, April 29 for pre-screening.


LOCATION: DirectCare of Elkins, 720 Beverly Pike, Elkins
HOURS: DirectCare of Elkins will offer drive-thru COVID testing from 9am - 10 am and 4pm - 8 pm, Monday through Friday; and, during regular walk-in hours on the weekends (Saturday 9 am to 1 pm, and Sunday 12 pm until 4 pm.) 

Patients will call the DirectCare number, 304.636.4585, from their car and receive instructions from the staff on how to proceed through the testing area.




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