May 18, 2020



The U.S. Census is vital to ensuring all Americans are counted and represented every ten years. In West Virginia, every citizen who fills out the Census brings $20,000 in federal funding to West Virginia for vital programs and services across the state and secures correct representation for West Virginians in Congress. With one of the lowest 2020 Census response rates in the nation, West Virginia must do better. I encourage every West Virginian to fill out the Census by visiting or calling 844-330-2020 to help West Virginia receive federal funding for essential education programs, health services, and transportation. Again I urge every West Virginian to complete the Census so West Virginia gets counted.

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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

Today’s Better Angels are the team with the Coalfield Community Action Partnership Head Start who are serving Mingo and McDowell Counties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All our Head Start programs, Early Head Start programs and the Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships are closed but have continued to assist children and families throughout the state. They’ve been providing educational packets, supplies and food, and maintaining contact by calling families each week. They’ve also been utilizing social media and learning apps to read stories and show families how to work on fun projects together. 

Thank you all for what you do for our West Virginia families during this difficult time.





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

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




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.


The Monongalia County Health Department will partner with the West Virginia National Guard to test individuals on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23. Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FRIDAY:  Big Lots parking lot in Westover,902 Fairmont Rd, Morgantown, WV 26501. 9am to 4pm.

SATURDAY: WVU Coliseum parking lot, 3450 Monongahela Blvd, Morgantown, WV 26505. 9am to 4pm

Testing will accommodate pedestrians as well as individuals in their vehicles. Tests will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis.  It is strongly encouraged that anyone who arrives for testing at either of the sites wear a mask or face covering. Those conducting the testing will be wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing will be observed.

In order to help notify individuals of their test results, all participants will need to provide their name, date of birth and a telephone number where test results may be reported. Monongalia County Health Department staff will be in contact with everyone who tests, letting them know if their results are positive or negative. 




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