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June 5, 2020
West Virginia Strong - The Comeback Plan
Last 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 6 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. 

Week 6 businesses that opened on today:
  • Movie Theaters
  • Casinos
For more information on Governor Justice's plan, click here.

House Republicans Back to Work 
On Tuesday, the House Subcommittee Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigation hosted a hearing on how governors are battling the COVID-19 pandemic. While the hearing was virtual, a few Republicans including myself came back to Washington to work. 

During the hearing, I questioned Michigan Governor Whitmer on the state’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. I questioned why mandatory testing has not been required for all nursing homes especially with their high number of nursing home deaths.

To watch the hearing, click here. 

Jobs Report
Last month saw the biggest job increase ever of 2.5 million. The unemployment rate fell to 13.3% where predictions were the rate would be just under 20% of unemployment which would have been the highest since the Great Depression era. This is a sign our economy is starting to recover and more quickly than predicted.                                 

To read more, click here

76th Anniversary of D-Day 
Saturday is the 76th anniversary of D-Day, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches at Normandy in defense of freedom and democracy. May we never forget the sacrifices and valor of our allied forces.

Click here to read more on the history of D-Day. 

Food Assistance 

During this time of uncertainty, Governor Jim Justice announced an interactive map for West Virginians to find food assistance programs near them.

Click here to view the map.

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 State 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

Other Helpful Links

Economic Direct Payment Filers and Non-filers Information

Economic Direct Payment FAQ

Unemployment Benefits for West Virginians

Assistance for Small Business Owners

Veterans Information on COVID-19

Meal Pick-Up Sites for Children 

Blood Donations



Washington D.C. Office
2239 Rayburn HOB | Washington, DC 20515
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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