|Dear Friends and Fellow West Virginians
|This is an unprecedented challenge facing the United States and the entire world. I wanted to reach out and provide some information and resources you may need in order to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember we are all in this together and we will get through this. Thank you to Governor Jim Justice, Dr. Clay Marsh and others whose strategy has allowed West Virginia to get through this with minimal infections and deaths. It is an honor to serve the people of West Virginia, and I will continue to work hard to represent you in Congress.
|West Virginia Strong - The Comeback Plan
|Earlier this month, Governor Jim Justice announced his plan for reopening the economy. Reopening will not happen suddenly, but with time. We should be able to open in a safe and cautious manner as long as we continue to follow the social distancing guidelines.
Phase one began on Thursday, April 30th. From there, each phase of the reopening process for Weeks 2-6 will begin on Monday of each subsequent week. Currently, we are in week 3 of the reopening phase. COVID-19 case numbers will continue to be monitored throughout the entire reopening process.
The STAY-AT-HOME order was lifted on Sunday, May 3rd and a SAFER-AT-HOME was put in place on Monday, May 4th.
For more information on Governor Justice's plan, click here.
|Yesterday, the House passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act without my support.
Rather than working in a bipartisan fashion to address our economic and public health crisis as we did on previous COVID-19 relief legislation, we instead were brought back to vote on an 1,800-page, $3 trillion bill. The Senate already stated it will not pass this legislation and President Trump won’t sign into law.
Even though the relief bill includes provisions we may agree with, it also contains some way outside the mainstream. Our essential workers – from nurses to grocery store employees – are stepping up and working together as real heroes do. Congress needs to do the same.
To read more on the provisions included in the bill, click here.
|CARES Act Funding
From the passage of the CARES Act, West Virginia has received critical funding in helping combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding has included 59 awards totaling $79.14 million, $246 million from the provider fund for 1,772 West Virginia providers, $57 million for testing, $9.8 million for community health center testing and much more in health care. For small businesses nearly 15,000 PPP loans have been approved totaling more than $1.8 billion and 1.25 billion for state assistance. I will make sure West Virginia continues receiving this much-needed funding.
|Small Business Resources
|To date, over 14,000 West Virginia small businesses have benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program! Applications are OPEN for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The EIDL loans are only available for small agricultural businesses. Small business owners can visit the SBA website for more information on what programs may be best for your business.
Who is eligible for PPP? Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, non-profits, sole proprietors, self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers. The PPP is a forgivable loan, if an employer maintains its payroll, then the portion of the PPP loan used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven.
My office is collecting stories from small businesses in West Virginia that have received/benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program. If you are interested in sharing your story, click here!
For more information on PPP, click here.
For more information on EIDL, click here.
To share your story of PPP, click here.
We encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommendations on how to help protect yourself and others.
Take these steps to protect yourself:
Take these steps to protect others:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, which the chorus to Country Roads lasts about that long.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in the community.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public settings.
For more updated information from the CDC click here.
- Stay home if you are except to receive medical care.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and throw away the tissue.
- Clean and disinfect touched surface areas daily.
|West Virginia COVID-19 Resources
|Over one thousand COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in West Virginia as of today. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources established a toll-free hotline for questions from the public and medical providers concerning the pandemic. The department also has a website with the most up-to-date information regarding the confirmed and pending cases.
Click here for more information.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Toll-Free Hotline 24/7
1- 800 - 887- 4304