May 25, 2020

Memorial Day - and every day - is an opportunity to recognize the members of our Armed Forces for their unrelenting commitment to protecting our great nation, as well as to remember the brave heroes yesterday who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This year I’m especially proud of the innovative ways West Virginians and Veterans groups across the nation have come up with to safely celebrate our Fallen heroes this weekend. I look forward to celebrating our American heroes in person when it is once again safe to do so. Thank you for your Service and God Bless.

- Joe



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 Nate and Samuel Bowen of Huntington. These brothers have been working hard to design and print medical-grade face shields with a 3D printer so they can be donated to healthcare providers in the community, including Valley Health Systems.

When Nate,14, and Sam,11, recently stopped at Valley Health’s East Huntington health center with their family to donate masks, they received a safely guided tour of select clinical areas inside the facility and had the opportunity to meet some of the faces that will be protected behind their shields.

Nate and Sam, keep up your great work and your commitment to helping people in your community. I can guarantee there’s no greater reward than being able to give back.




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.


TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020

LOCATION: Lincoln Conty Health Department, 8008 Court Ave, Hamlin, WV 25523

HOURS: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 26th, the Lincoln County Health Department with have a FREE COVID-19 TESTING CLINIC at the Health Department, located behind the courthouse. The event will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY between 9 am and 3 pm. CALL (304) 824-3330 to reserve your time for this clinic as available time slots are filling quickly.


MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020

LOCATION: West Virginia State Fairgrounds, 947 Maplewood Ave, Lewisburg, WV 24901

HOURS: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Community-wide drive thru testing for Greenbrier County will be available at the WV State Fairgrounds from 9am – 1pm on Monday, June 1.  Greenbrier County Health Department will be conducting the testing.  Antibody testing will not be available at this testing site.


More events listed here.




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