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Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza last night on the difficulties West Virginia small businesses are facing accessing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), invited Administrator Carranza to visit West Virginia small businesses, and urged her to quickly implement critical changes to make these programs work for Main Street businesses. Small businesses can call 1-800-659-2955 or email to receive SBA assistance.

“Last night I spoke with SBA Administrator Carranza about the challenges West Virginia small businesses have faced accessing EIDL and PPP funds. I was encouraged to hear that the SBA is moving forward to implement some of the important changes I have been calling for such as an easier forgiveness application process and more flexibility to ensure West Virginia small businesses are not penalized for complying with local and state reopening regulations,” said Senator Manchin. “While I am proud to have helped lead the charge to pass the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act earlier this month, I also know that more needs to be done. To show Administrator Carranza firsthand what our small businesses are dealing with, I invited her to join me in West Virginia to visit small businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have applied for EIDL and PPP funds to help them stay afloat. Our businesses are hurting during this health crisis and deserve the same level of support as other small businesses across the nation. I look forward to showing Administrator Carranza not only our great small businesses but the resiliency of West Virginians during hard times.”


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of West Virginia University Health System’s application for $780,899 to procure network upgrades, telemedicine carts, tablets, laptops, videoconferencing equipment and software licenses to provide telehealth services to West Virginians, to conduct virtual visits with patients in their homes, to give inpatients with and without COVID-19 symptoms the ability to use devices to talk with their families who are unable to visit due to distancing requirements, and to offer healthcare opportunities in remote locations to prevent the patient from traveling and risking exposure at the clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of the Financial Services & General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the FCC’s budget, Senator Manchin helped support $200 million in funding for the telehealth pilot program through the CARES Act.  

“West Virginia healthcare providers and patients have adjusted to new care systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including telephone-based appointments between providers and patients as well as systems for families to talk with loved ones in healthcare facilities they can’t visit,” said Senator Manchin. “On April 17th, I wrote to the FCC to advocate for the West Virginia University Health System application for funding to provide West Virginians with telehealth services, and today the FCC approved their application. This approval is great for Morgantown residents and will help West Virginians receive the care they need during this pandemic. I will continue to advocate for funding to help our healthcare providers across the Mountain State so they can care for their fellow West Virginians during this crisis.”



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 Angel is Jeanette Monteith, whose drive to give back to her community actually allowed her to open a business and employ others. “Make One, Donate One” her a mask-making endeavor that allows the donation of a mask for each one purchased. To keep up with demand and to help out people in her community, she’s been able to hire five assistants during this pandemic.

Jeannette is also a special education teacher - so between her work and her growing business, she has worked diligently to make an impact. Thank you, Jeannette and your team. You’re truly WV Strong.




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.

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 to testing sites will be included below. The full list of verified testing sites and events is available on

Newly Added:

Identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, is required to be tested. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The testing is free and available to all residents in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals.

Boone County
June 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Racine Park, 446 John Slack Circle, Racine, WV 25165

Cabell County
June 26: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. & June 27: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A.D. Lewis Community Center, 1450 A.D. Lewis Avenue, Huntington, WV 

Hancock County
June 26 & 27: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mountaineer Casino, 1420 Mountaineer Circle, Track Side Building, New Cumberland, WV 

Lincoln County
June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lincoln County High School, 81 Lincoln Panther Way, Hamlin, WV  25523

McDowell County
June 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
River View High School, 556 Mountaineer Highway, Bradshaw, WV 24817

Mingo County
June 26 & 27: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
183 East 2nd Avenue, Williamson, WV 

Raleigh County
June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center, 100 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV  25801

Wyoming County
June 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Berlin McKinney Elementary School, 405 Cook Parkway, Oceana, WV 24870

June 22, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Palisades Park, 155 Park Street, Pineville, WV 24874

June 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                                      
City Parking Lot, 316 Howard Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882                                                                
June 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
374 Lizard Creek Park Road, Hanover, WV 24839



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?

WV 211:

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.

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


Any new or updated resource information will be posted below. All information is available and updated daily on

New EZ version of the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application 

The SBA released a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.

Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.



FEMA Grants

FY 2020 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants application period is open through July 15, 5pm ET. This funding can improve, expand collaboration for catastrophic incident preparedness.

Learn more here.


IRS alert: Economic Impact Payments belong to recipient not nursing homes or care facilities

The Internal Revenue Service today alerted nursing home and other care facilities that Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) generally belong to the recipients, not the organizations providing the care. Read more here.



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