April 29, 2020





Charleston, WV – On Friday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m., U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will host a town hall via Facebook to answer questions from West Virginians about the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including small business loans, expanded unemployment compensation, COVID-19 testing, and next steps in the U.S. Senate. West Virginians can submit questions by emailing townhall@manchin.senate.gov.

Visit Senator Manchin’s Facebook page.



Thursday, April 30 at 2pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration's WV District Office is hosting a Virtual Small business Town Hall to:

  • Give an overview of SBA's Debt Relief programs
  • Provide details of the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Discuss how to check the status of your Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance
  • Moderate a Q&A session

Featuring: Kim Donahue, SBA Charleston Branch Manager; Melissa Loder, SBA WV Senior Area Business Opportunity Specialist; and Nikki Bowmar, SBA WV Public Affairs Specialist. 

Click here for more information.



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 Angels are a group of over 40 employees at Braskem America’s production plant in Neal – just south of Kenova - who volunteered to live at the facility itself in order to keep production going and maintain a healthy workforce. This team has been working tirelessly to ensure the continued production of respiratory masks and other PPE during this critical time. Braskem supported the employees’ efforts by providing increased wages and all the onsite necessities for its volunteers including beds, a constant supply of groceries, high-speed internet access and, of course, the option to leave the plant if necessary for health and wellness or family emergencies.

They began living at the plant on March 31 and I’m pleased to say their term is up and they’re safe at home as of today. It’s an honor to thank those 42 volunteers for their weeks of hard work.





Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led 20 Senators in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus the Senate’s efforts in returning to Washington, DC on COVID-19 pandemic related issues and oversight of COVID-19 related legislation enacted by Congress. Despite the severity of the COVID-19 public health and economic emergencies, no legislative or committee business related to the COVID-19 public health and economic emergencies has been scheduled in the Senate.

“The Senate is currently scheduled to return to session on May 4th, 2020 to debate non-COVID related nominations.  There is currently no scheduled legislative or committee business related to the COVID-19 public health and economic emergencies. Pursuant to your decision to convene the Senate during the week of May 4th, despite the public health emergency in Washington, D.C., we respectfully urge you to have the Senate focus on COVID-19 related matters and oversight of all COVID-related legislation enacted by Congress,” the Senators said in part.


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

Unemployment & Direct Payments

Veterans Assistance

Basic Needs

Business Assistance


Feeling Ill?


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.






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