May 15, 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

Today’s Better Angels are the team at Pilgrim’s Pride in Hardy County. It’s important to recognize that right here in West Virginia, this food processing plant is continuing to serve the nation’s grocery stores and support the many jobs still in operation.

I’m relieved to see that because they’re relied on so greatly, they’ve been given assistance by the National Guard and the state and local Health Departments to test the employees and ensure they’re still heathy and able to keep working hard for the people of West Virginia.





Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced three Mainstream Voucher Program recipients in West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The additional funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to assist public housing agencies in West Virginia with services and expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head, no matter their circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has created instability for many of our neighbors and friends with disabilities, and this this funding will help West Virginians who need it most. Investing in a public housing infrastructure is critical to the health of our communities, and I will continue to fight for funding that helps West Virginians live independent, productive lives,” said Senator Manchin.


Alpha Technologies, WV SBDC Host “Remote Work IT Challenges” Webinar May 20

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: Business owners/managers or staff members that manage their company’s information technology architecture will benefit from the content shared in this webinar.

Topics to be discussed include:
  •  What we have learned about remote work?
  •  How can IT Solutions help with remote work environments?
  •  What is next? Developing a plan for remote work solutions.

Click here to learn more and to register.


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
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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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 .

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 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.

Free testing will be conducted in Berkeley, Jefferson, Mercer and Raleigh counties on May 15 and 16, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

  • Berkeley (Martinsburg): Martinsburg High School, 701 S. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV
  • Jefferson (Charles Town/Ranson): Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 W. North Street, Charles Town
  • Mercer (Bluefield): Bluefield State College Harris-Jefferson Student Center Lower Parking Lot, 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, WV
  • Raleigh (Beckley): Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 South Kanawha Street, Beckley

This testing is available to all individuals in the selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is not required. Identification such as a driver’s license or proof of address will be required to be tested. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Note: testing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.




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