April 28, 2020




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 Ripley Elementary School Teacher, Ann Johnson.  Ann is continuing to teach music to kindergarten through fifth grade students by utilizing social media like facebook and youtube. Her positivity and passion for teaching music and dance have captivated not only her students, but many others who have watched her classes online as well. I truly appreciate Ann and all our WV teachers who are constantly finding new, creative ways to reach students during this difficult time.





Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 46 Senators in calling on U.S. Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin to revise the Treasury guidance for how Governors can distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to their states. West Virginia received $1.25 billion provided by the Coronavirus Relief Fund established in the CARES Act; however, while states can use these funds to respond directly to the COVID-19 pandemic, Treasury has prohibited the use of these funds to make up for reduced revenues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Senators said in part, “We all have a common interest in preserving as much of our economy as possible so that we are well positioned for a robust recovery.  A critical component of our economy is our state, Tribal, and local governments as they not only serve as customers for our local businesses, but also provide the essential services, such as effective law enforcement, public infrastructure, a strong education system, and other necessary conditions that provide the business certainty that make our country attractive to businesses and investors throughout the world.  We should preserve and maintain this critical comparative advantage. To avoid distracting states, Tribes, and localities from meeting the crisis at hand, the Treasury Department should publicly confirm that states, Tribes and localities may use these funds to maintain their essential services as the CARES Act clearly permits.”



Charleston, WV – During a call today with U.S. Attorney General (AG) William Barr, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) raised concerns about the transfer of new out-of-state inmates to the FCC Hazelton and FCI Gilmer facilities in West Virginia. Senator Manchin also sent a letter to AG Barr on Saturday urging him to immediately halt these transfers.

“This morning I had a productive call with Attorney General Bill Barr to discuss the situation at FCC Hazelton and FCI Gilmer, and my opposition to the transfer of new out-of-state inmates to West Virginia. He understands the concerns we have raised and is sympathetic to the situation. Despite a court order requiring increased social distancing at Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities in the D.C. region, I am hopeful the Department of Justice and BOP will take into account that these West Virginia facilities have no COVID-19 cases and that West Virginians have worked very hard to adhere to guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The safety of our brave correctional officers and their families, citizens and inmates during this healthcare crisis must be our top priority,” Senator Manchin said.



Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 18 bipartisan Senators in calling on Senate leadership to support local trade and professional associations who help sustain Main Street in towns across West Virginia by including funding for these associations in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package.

The Senators said in part, “We appreciate your leadership in providing unprecedented resources for American small businesses through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136). Unfortunately, local trade and professional associations organized under § 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code are ineligible for assistance through the lending programs included in this legislation. Given the crucial role these organizations play in sustaining the Main Street economy, and the severe financial difficulties they are confronting, we strongly support their inclusion in the next round of federal aid for coronavirus relief.”



Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on West Virginia receiving an additional $34 million for healthcare providers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) through the CARES Act. Senator Manchin successfully fought for $25 billion more in hospital funding in the CARES Act than in the original proposal, and another $75 billion in the additional coronavirus relief package that passed last week.

“I’m glad to see additional support delivered to West Virginia healthcare providers. But yet again West Virginia received only 0.37% percent of the total allotment. That’s even less than we got last time around. This is why I have been advocating for specific rural set asides and a formula that accounts for Medicaid patients. West Virginians have buckled down and our COVID-19 rates are lower than expected but make no mistake, our hospitals are hurting and this does not do enough. The next round of funding must include my formula to ensure rural hospitals are not left behind,” Senator Manchin said.



Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie requesting that the department cover coronavirus (COVID-19) mobile testing sites in the same manner as urgent and emergency care. Currently, mobile testing sites are not covered under the VA’s urgent and emergency care policies, making it difficult for veterans across the country—especially in rural areas where veterans are faced with the challenge of traveling to the nearest VA facilities or paying for the tests out-of-pocket.

“As you know, the VA MISSION Act expanded urgent and emergency care services, but it did not factor in unforeseen circumstances such as a global pandemic. It is critical that the VA covers COVID-19 mobile testing sites in the same manner as urgent and emergency care, so veterans can access these testing sites, without being stuck with the bill. This is especially important for rural veterans who currently have to choose between traveling to their nearest VA facility or paying for a test out of pocket, if they go to a site within their community,” the senators wrote.


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: Bible Center Church, 100 Bible Center Dr., Charleston, WV 25309
    HOURS: Friday, May 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Testing available by appointment only for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. To make an appointment, call Kanawha-Charleston Health Department at 304-348-8080.




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