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COVID-19: W.Va.’s senators doing important work

Our West Virginia representatives and senators in Congress have crucial roles to play in the COVID-19 outbreak. Much of what needs to be done will have to happen in Washington — and lawmakers are our eyes, ears and voices there.

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., last week put their fingers on some important factors.

As both are aware, availability of tests to determine whether individuals have contracted COVID-19 is important. Frankly, the four million test kits federal officials have been promising are not enough — and have not yet gotten to many places where they are needed.

“It has not been as widespread as people think,” Capito commented of COVID-19 testing.

Lawmakers from every state need to push for the government to do all in its power to change that.

Manchin revealed last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a waiver allowing West Virginia public schools to continue under a federal program to continue providing meals to students outside schools, while they are closed. That may prove to be very important for a significant number of families.

Finally, Capito is urging federal officials to help small businesses struggling as a result of the outbreak. That may keep some from going out of business.

Good for Manchin and Capito. Keep up the good — and important — work.

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