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April 17, 2020
Small Businesses Need Help Now
As of yesterday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved over 7,000 loans in West Virginia totaling $1.35 billion in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). However, since then the SBA ran out of funding for PPP and Eonomic Injury Disaster loans as predicted.This situation could have been completely avoided. There are other priorities that will need to be addressed but right now this is the urgent need. People’s livelihoods are at stake. Congress needs to put political games aside and act now!

To read more, click here. 

How We Can Emerge - Post COVID19
Yesterday evening, President Trump released guidelines to Open Up America Again. These guidelines will assist state and local officials in reopening the economy in a smart and safe way. The decision is left open to the states on when to start implementing this three-phased approach. It is important we start planning for the light at the end of the tunnel and work towards 

For more information, click here.

Track Your Stimulus Payment
Earlier this week, Americans started to receive the Economic Impact payments if they filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return and have their direct deposit information set up. If you have not yet received your payment, the IRS created a portal to easily track when yours should arrive.

For more information, click here
 
Broadband Issues?
Earlier today, Governor Jim Justice announced an interactive map to find free, public WiFi locations across the state. A great resource for anyone teleworking, working on school work, or wanting to look up the latest information on COVID19.

Click here to find out more.

 
Do you have 5 minutes? 
West Virginia is ranked second to last on the self-response rate to the 2020 census. The national average rate of completion is 49.8%, whereas in West Virginia the rate is 38.2%. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of money per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Complete the census online, by mail, or call-in so you can be counted!

For more information on the census, click here

CDC Recommendations
We encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommendations on how to help protect yourself and others.

Take these steps to protect yourself:
  • 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. 
Take these steps to protect others:
  • 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.
For more updated information from the CDC click here.

West Virginia COVID19 Resources
Over seven hundred COVID19 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. 

As a result from the increasing case numbers, Governor Jim Justice issued a STAY-AT-HOME order on March 24th. 

Click here for FAQ's on the Governor's order. 
Click here for the coronavirus.wv.gov website. 


                         West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
                                                Toll-Free Hotline 24/7
                                                   1- 800 - 887- 4304 

Other Helpful Links

Economic Direct Payment Information

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

Assistance for Small Business Owners

Veterans Information on COVID19

Meal Pick-Up Sites for Children 

Blood Donations

 
Phone: (202) 225-4172 | Fax: (202) 225-7564
Morgantown Office
709 Beechurst Ave., Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26805
Phone: (304) 284-8506
Fax: (304) 284-8505
Parkersburg Office
408 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: (304) 422-5972
Fax: (304) 422-5974
Wheeling Office
Horne Building 1100 Main Street
Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 232-3801
Fax: 304-232-3813

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