June 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $5 Million For West Virginia Public Health, Emergency Preparedness

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,066,485 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Public Health and Emergency Preparedness program.

“As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we must make sure our first responders and healthcare providers have the support they need to work on the front lines of this crisis while staying as safe as possible. This funding for DHHR will ensure our state is prepared to respond to emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic and will help those fighting this global health crisis here in West Virginia. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding that helps our healthcare professionals as they care for their fellow West Virginians affected by this pandemic,” said Senator Manchin.

“Preparing our public health departments for a range of health threats is essential to the wellbeing of West Virginians. We rely on our health departments for so many services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our healthcare workers have stepped up to the front lines in our response and help to administer crucial testing efforts that have contributed to containing the spread of COVID-19. Providing funding for preparedness activities will better equip our departments for both current and future challenges and help keep both professionals and patients safe. I will continue to listen to the needs of those in our local health departments and advocate for the resources they need to keep West Virginians safe,” said Senator Capito.