April 21, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Physical Therapists, Hospitality And Travel Associations Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association and the Food Service Division of the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Across West Virginia, our healthcare professionals are rapidly adjusting to caring for their patients with new services like telehealth to ensure that while we are practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic West Virginians are still receiving the care they need. Our hospitality and travel businesses are also taking a hit due to this terrible pandemic. I am fighting to ensure our healthcare professionals receive the medical supplies they require and our small businesses across the state have the financial support they need to survive through this pandemic. I appreciate the physical therapists and hospitality and travel associations for taking the time today to answer questions and share their concerns,” said Senator Manchin.

“As we attempt to navigate this COVID-19 pandemic, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants across West Virginia are looking for answers to many questions ranging from the availability of PPE to practicing via telehealth and more. We appreciate Senator Manchin’s willingness to spend some time with our members providing us perspective and answers,” said Carrie Abraham, President of West Virginia Physical Therapy Association.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our state’s economy and tourism industry, hurting our hospitality and travel businesses. Many of our members need support from the federal government to stay in business. We appreciate Senator Manchin listening to our concerns and answering our questions about the programs that are available for our members and his work fighting for small businesses across West Virginia,” said Carol Fulks, Executive Director of the WV Hospitality and Travel Association.

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.

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