May 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $57 Million To Increase COVID-19 Testing In West Virginia

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $57,211,926 from the CARES Act for West Virginia to increase COVID-19 testing across the state. 

“In order to eventually reopen our state safely, we must rapidly expand testing for all West Virginians. But I continue to hear from West Virginians across the state who can’t get tested before returning to work and healthcare providers who don’t have the supplies needed to perform enough tests,” said Senator Manchin. “This funding will help our public health officials and healthcare providers procure the necessary equipment to perform the COVID-19 tests. West Virginians always care for one another, and right now that means listening to public health officials, wearing masks, and heeding state guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 as we work to reopen our businesses and communities.”

“Access to testing is a crucial aspect in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am very pleased to see this additional funding coming to West Virginia in support of our testing initiatives,” said Senator Capito. “As West Virginia begins to open up parts of our state’s economy, testing must be readily available. I will continue to advocate on behalf of all West Virginians and provide the resources our people need to be safe during these difficult and uncertain times.”