April 16, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Faith Leaders, Nurses Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with the West Virginia Council of Churches and the National Nurses United West Virginia Nurses to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today I heard from nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and the leaders of our faith communities across the state who shared their concerns with me and asked questions about the ongoing pandemic, resources available, and what the federal government is doing to help Americans through this crisis. Our nurses are caring for West Virginians and serving their communities with strength and fortitude. Their job is incredibly hard, and we thank them for their work every day. Members of the faith community are always willing to care for their neighbors, especially in times of need. West Virginians always come together to take care of one another and we must continue to support those on the front lines and those in our state who have been hit hard by this pandemic,” said Senator Manchin.

"Congregations all across West Virginia are facing incredible challenges in the midst of the calling to worship, care for the vulnerable, and to do ministry.  Our faith town hall with Senator Manchin was a great opportunity to learn about what the federal government is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what aid is available to local congregations.  We truly appreciate Senator Manchin taking the time to hear from the faith community, for his efforts on this issue, and for all he does for the people of West Virginia,” said Rev. Jeff Allen, Executive Director of the West Virginia Council of Churches.

“Several bedside nurses from West Virginia were pleased to have the opportunity to talk with Senator Manchin today on the ongoing crisis affecting nurses and other front line health care workers during this coronavirus pandemic,” said Karen Rahall, RN, a member of National Nurses United in Beckley, West Virginia. “We are grateful that Senator Manchin understands our need to have an emergency temporary OSHA standard so that front line health care workers have the optimal personal protective equipment and supports the utilization of the Defense Production Act to mass produce in large volumes PPE, medical equipment and COVID-19 testing kits that are desperately needed.”

Over the last month, Senator Manchin has participated in calls with West Virginians representing the healthcare, banking, press, law enforcement, local government, education and business communities.  

Senator Manchin launched an information resources page where West Virginians can learn more about the coronavirus pandemic and how to protect themselves and their families. To learn more please click here.

To receive daily updates from Senator Manchin on the coronavirus pandemic, please click here.