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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

Nominated as today's Better Angel is 11-year-old Riley Higginbotham from Leon, WV. Riley has made hundreds of masks to keep the people of her community safe and healthy. She’s even sent masks to people across 18 different states and was recently named WSAZ’s Hometown Hero. Thank you, Riley, and keep up the great work!





Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today questioned U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials on Operation Warp Speed which oversees the research, creation, and production of a potential COVID-19 vaccine and the plans for future distribution of a potential vaccine in areas of rural America like West Virginia.

“Rural providers have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Across the United States COVID-19 cases are growing faster in rural areas at 13 percent compared to the national rate of 9 percent and for the second week in a row rural counties have had the highest number of cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. West Virginia saw its single day high just yesterday. We have 12 rural hospitals that have closed with three in West Virginia. We’re concerned about rural healthcare and how the vaccine is going to be distributed in those areas to make sure we’re able to meet the rising challenges we have, and that rural providers have the necessary equipment and personnel to administer the vaccine. Rural America is getting hit hard now and we knew it would be a delayed reaction of how they’re getting hit. But we have the most vulnerable population in the country in West Virginia because of our age and type of hard work they’ve done so they have underlying health conditions too, and if it hits it’s going to be of disastrous proportions. So we need to stay ahead of that and if we have a hard time getting a vaccine when it comes, we’re really up the crick,” said Senator Manchin.

To watch Senator Manchin question HHS and CDC officials on distribution of a potential vaccine in rural America, click here. 


Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM-02) and Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-01) today led 49 Members of Congress in strongly encouraging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to quickly provide relief to rural healthcare providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senators Manchin and Hyde-Smith and Representatives Torres Small and Hagedorn on May 21 introduced the Save Our Rural Health Providers Act (S.3823/HR.7004) to create a new formula to ensure the Provider Relief Fund has a dedicated set-aside amount directed towards rural areas of America.

The Members said in part, “Rural healthcare was already in crisis prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation is only getting worse. Last year rural hospitals closures hit a record high, and 2020 is on pace to be even higher. So far this year twelve rural hospitals have closed, with hundreds more on the brink. Given both the cancellation of elective procedures because of the pandemic and the recent spread of COVID-19 in rural America, rural providers have a desperate and immediate need for more funding. Therefore, we request you make this funding available quickly to provide relief to struggling rural health care providers.”


Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4.4 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to update economic development plans and support programs that help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“West Virginia’s local economies have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This CARES Act funding will help our communities recover from this crisis, and I am pleased that the EDA is supporting economic development across West Virginia. I will keep advocating for future relief funding that supports our local governments and spurs economic recovery in the Mountain State because the fight against this pandemic is far from over,” said Senator Manchin.


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 46 Senators in introducing a resolution urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend existing law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in court and halt its efforts to repeal the healthcare protections for 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is unconscionable that during a global health crisis that has killed 93 West Virginians and over 125,000 Americans, the DOJ and Republican Attorneys General, including West Virginia’s Attorney General, continue to support pulling the rug out from under 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. My resolution calls on the DOJ to protect access to the quality, affordable healthcare coverage every American and West Virginian deserves by defending the ACA in court. I hope the DOJ and Republican Attorneys General will stop these continuous attacks on West Virginian’s healthcare and realize that while the ACA is nowhere near perfect, we have to work to fix the system we have instead of throwing millions off of their coverage in the middle of a pandemic,” said Senator Manchin.



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: Free COVID-19 testing will be held July 10 and 11, 2020, in Marshall, Mercer, Monongalia, Preston and Wayne counties with support from local health departments and state and community partners.

Site locations and times:

Marshall County

July 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McMechen City Hall
325 Logan Street
McMechen, WV
July 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Marshall County Health Department-WV
513 6th Street
Moundsville, WV


Mercer County

July 11, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mercer County Health Department - WV
978 Blue Prince Road
Bluefield, WV


Monongalia County

July 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Morgantown Farmers Market (Downtown)
400 Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV

July 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
661 Green Bag Road
Morgantown, WV


Preston County

July 10 and 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kingwood Elementary School
207 S. Price Street
Kingwood, WV


Wayne County

July 10, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dunlow Community Center
1475 Left Fork Dunlow Bypass Road
Dunlow, WV

July 11, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wayne Elementary School
80 McGinnis Drive
Wayne, WV



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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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




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