Order gap causes worry for York County manufacturer

Justin Brockman, an employee at Weldon Solutions in York County, assembles a grinder base assembly on the manufacturer’s floor after the company reopened on Tuesday/ PHOTO PROVIDED

West Manchester Township, York County-based machining manufacturer Weldon Solutions reopened this week following the county’s transition to the yellow phase in Pennsylvania’s three-phase reopening plan.

Travis Gentzler, president at Weldon Solutions, was glad to see work return to the company’s manufacturing plant this Tuesday, but after two months without filling new orders or working on projects, he is worried what the following months could look like if his clients aren’t ready to place new orders.

Weldon Solutions is an employee-owned manufacturing facility specializing in CNC cylindrical grinders and robotic and bakery automation.

The sudden change to working from home was a difficult one for Weldon’s staff of 35, according to Gentzler.

Weldon Solutions’ headquarters in West Manchester Township, York County/ PHOTO PROVIDED

Unable to continue on any projects with the plant closed, staff was asked to reach out to active customers to continue relationships. As a manufacturing company with most of its work allocated to its headquarters, Gentzler said he and his team were not prepared for working from home.

“I spent the first two weeks helping people connect. It took us a while to adjust,” he said. “That’s one thing I will be spending time on. If we need to get out of here again in September because cases are spiking, I need to know that I can get stuff home with my staff.”

The company filed for exemptions with the state twice to try to reopen but were denied twice.

With the facility now open, Gentzler said his staff can continue to work on projects that were paused in March, but with many of the company’s clients tightening their budgets in the wake of the pandemic, he is concerned about when Weldon Solutions could see new orders come in.

“I foresee my guys being steady from the time they get back into August,” he said. “At that point, if we don’t start getting orders in real soon, this fall will be very slow for us. That is my biggest concern right now.”

Filling Weldon Solutions’ gap in orders will depend on how the economy bounces back in the coming weeks. If clients are still unable to order projects by the fall, Gentzler said he may have to resort to layoffs.

“We are always one of the last companies to lay off people being employee owned and being manufacturing,” he said. “We sacrifice profit because it’s too hard to find skilled labor.”

Gentzler said he doesn’t expect social distancing protocols to have too much of an effect on operations for works at Weldon Solutions’ manufacturing floor where there is plenty of space for each worker to spread out, but he said he could see problems arising with in-office staff operating in cubicles.

“Everyone will want to socialize and catch up but at the beginning it just can’t happen,” he said. “Someone asked if we would have our managing meeting and I said we would probably still do it on Zoom from inside the building.”

Update: Governor signs cocktails-to-go bill

Governor Wolf has now signed the bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go during the COVID-19 shutdown.

The new law is for businesses with valid R licenses from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board that have lost at least 25 percent of their revenue because of the restrictions placed on them because of the pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association called the signing of House Bill 327 a huge victory for the Pennsylvania hospitality industry, as it will allow restaurants to introduce another profitable revenue stream.

 “This was something we were extremely passionate about and it’s a huge win for our industry”, said Melissa Bova, vice president of government affairs for the PRLA. “Throughout PA alone, there has been a significant revenue loss, with restaurants reporting nearly an 82 percent decline in sales since the beginning of the shutdown. By relaxing laws in order to sell cocktails to go, many restaurants will be given a fighting chance to survive this disruption.”

David Wojnar of the Distilled Spirits Council said he was happy to see the state approve the plan.

“We are thankful Governor Wolf recognizes the need for additional assistance for the hospitality industry during COVID-19 and approved cocktails to-go. This measure will be a valuable economic lifeline that will help Pennsylvania businesses struggling with financial hardships during this pandemic,” he said.

Under the law, bars and restaurants can sell mixed drinks to-go in a sealed container no greater than 64 fluid ounces, including alcohol and mixers in a single transaction.

Of course, while the new law is a help, Wojnar said restaurants and bars will continue to struggle because of restrictions and he said the council will continue to work with the legislature to see if they can find other ways to help assist these businesses with the negative impacts of COVID-19.

When it’s time for your employees to return to the office will you be ready?

As businesses open throughout central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, legal and human resources experts are urging businesses to avoid liability issues by understanding the ever-evolving rules, especially as regions open in various phases without liability protections in place.

Uncertainty over the process has led business leaders on the state and national level to seek legal protections for businesses. Gordon Denlinger, the state director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, said he had been praising Gov. Tom Wolf for issuing an executive order granting liability protections to some healthcare workers.

“Unfortunately, the governor has not come forward with additional liability protections for Pennsylvania’s small business owners,” Denlinger said on May 11. “Despite the significant steps our small business owners are taking to make sure their returning employees and customers remain safe, the governor seems unwilling to shield our mom-and-pop shops and stores from the threat of COVID-19-related lawsuits.”

“Businesses need some level of certainty if owners are to reopen their doors,” Denlinger added.

But many businesses are eager to get back to work, even without such protections. In fact, political leaders in some Central Pennsylvania counties have been saying that they will not penalize owners who open before Wolf gives a go-ahead. Wolf responded Monday by saying the state might withhold money from communities that violate his orders and sanction the permits of licensed businesses.

For businesses that wait for the governor’s go-ahead under the phased-in plan, numerous steps must be taken before they open and that primarily means following the guidelines set by health officials in Pennsylvania and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several experts noted.

“Employees will see a new normal when they return to the workplace,” said Jill Welch, a partner in the employment practice group at Barley Snyder, which has offices throughout Central Pennsylvania. “… Under the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health April 15 Order, employees will be required to wear masks in the workplace except to eat and drink, unless they have a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask. Meetings will be held virtually, or if they must be conducted in person, with fewer than 10 people spaced at least six feet apart.”

Welch and others noted that open offices and common rooms must be re-organized to ensure adequate spacing, including having lunch tables arranged so that everyone faces in the same direction. Best practices also will include staggered shifts and break times so no more than 10 people are in an area at one time. Companies that have been deemed essential already have adapted to such changes, Welch said.

“And everyone will be reminded not to shake hands, to wash their hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and sneeze into one’s elbow and routinely clean their workstations,” Welch added.

Stephane Smith, consultant with RKL’s human capital management practice, said employers should provide enough details about the new workplace so workers can envision what it will look like. RKL is a national CPA and professional services firm with offices throughout Central Pennsylvania.

“This is a big change, and everyone processes and copes differently,” Smith said.

She recommends that employers designate a “safety officer.”

“Prepare for multiple possible scenarios and develop a response plan for each,” she said. “Naturally, the first focus is reopening, but plans should also be prepped for another spike in cases. There are a lot of unknowns, but if we’ve learned anything over the past several weeks, it’s that businesses must be agile enough to pivot very quickly.”

Understand the new rules

Many people will continue to work from home, which will create its own challenges, she and others said. Some workers might ask to telecommute when they are needed in the workplace, which could create tricky situations, several legal experts said. Michael J. Crocenzi, a partner at Barley Snyder, said companies will need to determine whether the worker has a general fear of infection or if there is an underlying medical condition or a problem with childcare.

“If it is a medical concern or childcare concern, then an employer with less than 500 employees should determine if the employee may qualify for benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA),” Crocenzi said. “For example, if the employee is symptomatic or is in a population particularly susceptible to COVID-19 and a healthcare provider has advised an employee to self-quarantine because of community spread of COVID-19, the employee may be eligible for paid sick leave.”

Workers who need to care for a child because a school or daycare center is closed might be eligible for paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which has been extended to workers in small businesses during the crisis. In fact, the updated national labor laws extend to just about every business with fewer than 500 workers, noted Jacob M. Sitman, chair of the employment law and labor relations practice at Fitzpatrick, Lentz and Bubba in the Lehigh Valley.

“New guidance is coming out every day,” said Sitman, who urges employers to be aware of the details of FFCRA and the FMLA. Businesses will best protect themselves against liability concerns by following the CDC and state guidelines and then making sure they monitor changes.
They can do this by either by getting someone on staff to do so, or pay an expert to provide frequent updates until the extensions expire. While the benefit of two weeks of paid sick leave has been extended to workers in small businesses who get sick from COVID19, so far it is much more common for workers to invoke the provisions that allow for paid leave to care for a child, Sitman said.

He and Crocenzi said businesses need to make sure they understand the rules.

“An employer faces liability if it terminates an employee’s employment because an employee requested or received benefits under the FFCRA,” Crocenzi said. “For larger employers over 500 employees, they should determine if the employee is eligible for paid time off, a medical leave of absence, or an unpaid leave of absence under the employers’ policies.”

For workers who simply refuse to return to work out of fear of getting sick, Sitman said, “that presents a difficult human resources challenge. But ultimately it could include losing their jobs.”However, Sitman recommends that employers be as flexible as they can. As in pre-COVID-19 times, documentation is critical.

“In general, if employers are taking the right steps, they should be insulated from liability,” Sitman said. He is encouraging employers to seek a “greater degree of empathy.”

“I think it is patience, deep breaths and empathy,” Sitman said. “We are all in this together.”

Plan Ahead

Employers will need to have a plan that addresses a wide range of topics tailored to their workforce and to communicate expectations to employees and customers, said Sarah Yerger, an attorney at Barley Snyder. Those plans need to include the adjustments to the workspace and cleaning protocols but also on how to deal with workers who show symptoms of COVID-19. Businesses should consider requiring employees to sign and acknowledge the organizations’ policies on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, Yerger said.

Even with intense planning, businesses should expect to run into situations that will be difficult.

Jennifer Craighead Carey, a partner in the employment practice group at Barley Snyder, said she is getting two common questions from employers as they call workers back from furloughs.

“First, what if the employee refuses to return out of a generalized fear without a bona fide health basis or because they are earning more on unemployment compensation?” she said. Employers should notify workers of the time and date they are expected back to work and include the steps being taken to mitigate health risks, she advised. “If an employee refuses to return to work for purely personal reasons or a generalized fear, that might be considered job abandonment and disqualify the employee from unemployment compensation benefits.”

The second question is “fraught with legal risks,” Carey said. That question is, “if an employee was temporarily furloughed but we don’t want them back, can we just lay the employee off and fill his/her position with someone else?” That situation could open the employer to legal claims, including employment discrimination, Carey said. Overall, she added, not everything can be determined before people return to work.

“Employers need to recognize that these are uncharted waters and that the answers are not always clear,” Carey said. “Employers need to be patient and take into consideration what is best for their business and also their employees. Employees are scared, so communication is critical.”

Smith agreed.

“Show support by talking to your employees, asking what’s on their minds and listening to their concerns,” Smith said. “Provide resources and offer grace as everyone adapts to what this means, not only in the workplace but also to families and life as we know it. Knowing they are heard and supported helps employers establish leadership and engenders company loyalty.”

Business owners face legal risks by defying Wolf’s order

Governor Tom Wolf warns counties and business owners there will be consequences if they open in violation of his stay-at-home order. PHOTO/FILES –

Business owners thinking of defying the Wolf administration’s stay-at-home order must weigh the legal liabilities and other risks before hanging that “Open For Business” sign in the window, legal experts say.

The risks include:

  • Losing a state issued operating license.
  • Lawsuits if a customer contracts the virus on the business owner’s property.
  • Workers’ Compensation complaints from employees who become sick on the job.
  • Denial of insurance claims for businesses that opened in violation of the governor’s order.
  • Loss of reputation, or customers.

“It’s not a slam-dunk liability, but it is a real risk for businesses that decide to open,” said Martin Siegel, an attorney with Barley Snyder who leads the firm’s COVID response team and also holds a master’s degree in public health and formerly worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re in entirely new territory, here.”

Over the weekend, several counties that were not included in Gov. Tom Wolf’s list of those moving from the red to the yellow phase to re-open, announced plans to re-open on their own. Those counties included Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.

Some Lehigh Valley counties did the same, including Northampton, Berks and Schuylkill.

District attorneys for many issued statements saying they would not prosecute businesses for failing to comply with the Wolf administration’s three-phase, county-by-county reopening process.

Wolf denounced the county efforts as “cowardly,” and pledged there would be consequences if they go forward with their plans.

“I cannot allow residents in a red county to get sick because their local officials can’t see the invisible risk of the virus in their community,” he said in a statement. “So, I must, and I will impose consequences if a county locally lifts restrictions when it has not yet been given the go-ahead by the state.”

The weight of the governor’s authority is something business owners should consider when making their decision, said Rebecca Warren, former Northampton County Judge, and former District Attorney, now with the Norris McLaughlin law firm in Allentown.

“The governor has the authority to potentially have a business owner’s license revoked,” she said. “Will that actually happen, I don’t know… but there is a lot of uncertainty for business right now in Pennsylvania.”

Business owners must weigh all of the risks and make a decision “based on their needs,” she said. “It’s really daunting for the small business owner to know where they stand legally.”

Siegel agreed.

“As of today, I haven’t seen anything that changes the legal mandate of the governor’s order,” he said.

How Realtors innovate in the time of COVID-19

How far will the Covid-19 global pandemic push the real estate industry?

Since Gov. Tom Wolf’s March shut down of all but essential Pennsylvania industry sectors, real estate professionals have had to find creative ways to adapt.

“At the moment we are doing closings on the back porch with a table and passing documents to buyers and sellers,” through a window, said Kathie Vresics, manager Associated Abstract Services LLC in South Whitehall Township.

Associated Abstract provides title search and notary services for real estate transactions.

Vresics said settlement participants come separately and the table and transaction area is sanitized between participant’s signature rounds.

“No one is allowed in the building. They receive documents through the window and return them, so there is no face-to-face contact,” Vresics said.

It is anyone’s guess how long strict social distancing practices will continue, in an uncertain and unknowable Covid-19 future.

Nixing In-person legal requirements for notaries and title companies, as well as lender mandates for “wet” witnessed signatures on paper documents have created problems in both the residential and commercial real estate marketplace. A wet signature is traditional ink on paper.

“In the real estate industry you have always had an original signed deed and title. The recorder’s office would not accept them otherwise,” Vresics said.

A temporary order allowing digital notary transactions, which expired April 30, make use of Remote Online Notarization, or RON, but only some deed recorders allowed them.

The Pennsylvania Department of State website said RON transactions require the signer to meet via audio-visual-electronic communication technology.

Vresics said many notaries support Remote Ink Notarization (RIN) which would help get documents to buyers and sellers. Using RIN allows participants to sign on camera, with the video record being proof of signing.

She said with RIN documents would then be couriered overnight, but “I do think there will be some resistance from lenders,” to RIN transactions, Vresics said.

She said beyond Covid-19 RIN signings could ease the burden on transactions where people cannot come to closing, such as those in a nursing home. “We do have to make other arrangements for them to sign. If we can continue with this (RIN) we’d have another option,” Vresics said.

Moving forward, without government action on extensions or new legislation to allow virtual or alternative notary services Vresics expects newer contracts will not be able to close.

She expects more electronic options to grow out of Covid-19, like electronic document recording or E-Recording, is currently used in some county courthouses for deed transfers. She thinks E-Recording will grow and more electronic platforms could be developed out of the Covid-19 response.

Nick Kavounas said his team at Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate in Bethlehem Township is learning new ways of doing business. He is Coldwell Banker general manager and broker of record.

Regular zoom staff meetings help agents and employees remain connected. Newer 3-D tour software provides a way for virtual property tours to be conducted, including floor plans for each level of a home. “You can [virtually] go through the home as if you are walking through it,” Kavounas explained.

One of the software’s functions allows for room measurements for furniture placement and window treatments.

Coldwell Banker was using the 3-D software for about a year prior to the pandemic closures.

Kavounas said both January and February were strong and there was a lot of agent and broker optimism early in the first quarter of 2020. “Buyers were still active,” he said.

All the elements for a strong sales year were in place, but the key time in the business cycle has past. Kavounas believes a lot of pent up demand for properties remains.

On the back end of a sale face-time technology can be an option for final inspections ahead of settlement. Lisa Meszler Lyon has used face-time to conduct the buyer inspection of a commercial apartment building. She is a commercial real estate agent at Alt Realty in Bethlehem.

“We couldn’t have a [physical] walk-through, and we did not want to rely on a paper trail so the buyer did a face-time walk through,” Meszler Lyon explained.

Because perceptions are as unique as fingerprints Meszler Lyon said relying on a seller to show an investment property can become tricky using video technology or still photographs, over a physical face-to-face on site inspection.

Putting trust in someone who wants to sell the property can cause questions and to arise, such as “‘is there something going on I don’t know about,’ or ‘why didn’t I see this apartment over a different apartment,’” Meszler Lyon said.

While the move to virtual video calls over physical site inspections is a stop-gap during the pandemic to accommodate social distancing rules, Meszler Lyon isn’t convinced commercial sales transactions will change much in the long term.

“When you are spending a couple million dollars, you want to see your product,” she said.

1 million Pa. voters sign up to vote by mail in June primary

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Monday that nearly 1 million Pennsylvanians have already applied to vote by mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary election. It is the first time that Pennsylvanians can vote by mail without an excuse.

In October, Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019, which provided $90 million for new voting systems, increased the time for voters to register to vote and to return absentee mail-in ballots, and allowed any voter to vote by mail with a stated reason.

Wolf said on Monday that his signing of the act came at a perfect time now that voters are practicing social distancing.

“We are in an unprecedented time and are facing a major public health crisis in a presidential election year,” he said. “I want Pennsylvanians to know that they have options for how to cast their ballots, including both voting by mail and voting in person. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, and Pennsylvanians can still cast their ballots while keeping themselves safe and healthy.”

Registered voters can apply for the mail-in ballot until 5 p.m. on May 26 and have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to return the ballot.

The Pennsylvania Department of State recently launched a campaign to make Pennsylvania’s voters aware of the changes to mail-in ballots, including sending 4.2 million postcard to primary voters.

“Our priority is to ensure the integrity of our elections while also keeping Pennsylvania voters safe,” said Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. “Voting by mail-in ballot is a secure way to vote from the comfort of your own home and to make sure that your voice is heard on Election Day.”

The postcards will also remind voters of the state’s new election date, which was shifted from April 28 to June 2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State directs race, ethnicity data be included with COVID-19 test results

Pennsylvania’s Health Disparity Task Force is calling for health care organizations to include race and ethnicity data when reporting COVID-19 test results to the state. The task force, formally announced on April 15, is designed to foster health care equality for minorities.

In a call with reporters, Gov. Tom Wolf said state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine mandated that racial and ethnic demographics be included in COVID-19 test results, but 69% of race data is still unreported and there is little to no data when it comes to ethnicity.

“One of the problems we have is that we have heard how COVID-19 is hitting minority populations, in particular African-Americans, hardest across the United States and anecdotally in Pennsylvania, but we lack the statistics needed to determine the severity of this issue here,” Wolf said

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who organized the task force with Gov. Wolf, said the task force has held three meetings since its formal announcement on April 15.“Our biggest concerns heard from these communities are improving data collection and increasing access to free testing,” Fetterman said.

Construction industry to resume work May 1st under new guidelines

Pennsylvania’s construction industry will return to work May 1, one week earlier than previously announced, but will do so under safety guidelines issued by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The guidance, developed by the General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania, provides universal protocols for all construction activity, as well as specific additional guidance for residential, commercial and public construction projects.

Among the requirements:

  • All employees and every person at a work site must wear masks unless they are unable for medical or safety reasons.
  • All construction projects must maintain proper social distancing and provide hand washing and sanitizing stations for workers, as well as cleaning and sanitizing protocols for high risk transmission areas.
  • Appoint a pandemic safety officer for each project or work site.
  • Residential construction job sites will be limited for four workers.

The full guidelines can be found here.

Previously, the state closed all construction projects unless they were supporting life-sustaining businesses or activities or were granted an exemption to perform or support life-sustaining activities.

Pa. mostly relying on citizens to ‘self-enforce’ pandemic restrictions

Pennsylvania State Police are giving written warnings to Pennsylvanians who don’t comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to wear a mask, but state officials are mostly relying on Pennsylvanians to “self enforcing” the directive.

In addition, Wolf said there is no one-size-fits-all plan to reopen the state. The Governor set May 8 as a target date to relax some restrictions, but said that some counties will be ready to open before others.

While Pennsylvania has joined neighboring states on a shared data taskforce to help guide the reopening, Wolf said that Pennsylvania will have its own timeline.

“Data won’t be determined by what New York is doing or any other state,” he said, “but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take into account that we share borders with other states. The virus doesn’t recognize state borders.”

Stay-at-home order extended to May 8; some business to resume

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announces the extension of his stay-at-home order until May 8, when some businesses will resume. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

After extending the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced his first steps towards reopening Pennsylvania businesses.

Starting May 8, the governor said public and private construction projects in the will resume using social distancing standards.

Online sales of vehicles will be allowed with the signing of Senate Bill 841, which allows for the state’s notaries to perform remote online notarizations to complete the auto sales.

The state has already started curbside pickup of wine and spirits at select Fine Wine & Good Spirits Shops.

The curbside sales at the state-run liquor stores will serve as a guide to determine whether other non-life-sustaining businesses may be able to resume limited operations through curbside pickup.

“I want to caution that we will not be resuming operations as they were in February,” Wolf said. “We’re going to continue to take precautions that limit our physical contact with others, and we will closely monitor this to see if it can be done safely.”

Wolf said the reopening industries will be closely observed to ensure that they do not result in a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.

If that happens he said would use his authority under the emergency disaster declaration to resume restrictions to protect public health and safety.

Pennsylvania joins neighboring states to plan a return to normal

As the infection rate of the coronavirus shows signs of flattening, Gov. Tom Wolf has joined with the governors of five neighboring states to begin planning how region’s economy will re-open.

Led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Delaware, are forming a joint task force to design a reopening plan for each state.

The coordinating group will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

“We are creating a plan to let people know that we indeed do have a future,” Wolf said. “We have to restore the hope that this pandemic has taken from us…and do what it takes to re-enter and get our economies moving again.”

Each state will name a public health official, economic development official, and chief of staff to serve on the task force, which will begin work immediately. The task force will share a database because the populations of the six states are connected, Cuomo said.

The group will create a framework using every tool available to accomplish the goal of easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread – including testing, contact tracing, treatment and social distancing – and will rely on the best available scientific, statistical, social and economic information to manage and evaluate those tools.

Wolf orders state to track PPE supplies, direct distribution to hospitals

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an order on Wednesday that will allow the state to track all personal protective equipment and supplies held by health care providers, as well as manufacturers and distributers, and allocate it to facilities with the greatest need.

The order allows the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to work with other state agencies to reimburse facilities for personal equipment and have those supplies allocated to other organizations.

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, includes any equipment that health care providers can use to limit their exposure to hazards such as COVID-19, including respirators, face shields and disinfectants.

“Combatting a pandemic means we all have to work together and that means we need to make the best use of our medical assets to ensure the places that need them most have them,” Wolf said. “Today, I am signing an order that will allow us to transfer supplies and information between medical facilities to both high-population, high-impact areas and lower population areas that might not have as many existing medical resources.”

Through the order, all health care providers and manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of PPE, pharmaceuticals and other medical resources, are asked to submit a list of their current inventory supplies by April 13.

Health care providers and facilities are also mandated to provide written reports of their needs related to PPE so PEMA can determine how much equipment to allocate to them.

PEMA, along with other state agencies, will then reimburse organizations for their PPE and redistribute them to health care providers that report that they are in need, Wolf said.

“I commend Pennsylvania’s medical facilities for their efforts so far in helping to shift resources toward the fight against COVID-19,” he said. “Many are already working together to shift resources among facilities, both public and private, and many of our medical facilities have shifted resources internally.”