COVID-19: Resources and Updates






Updated May 20, 2020

Governor's Orders:

Promotion of Unemployment Compensation Fraud (PMA's David N. Taylor hosts a newsmaker interview with Chris Hackett, CEO of i2M, about his decision to resign from the PA Workforce Development Board due to Governor Wolf's promotion of unemployment compensation fraud.)

Governor Wolf's UC quote - David N. Taylor response (https://www.facebook.com/PAManufacturers/videos/322534388709606/UzpfSTc3ODU3NzM0NjoxMDE1NzkzNjU0OTE2MjM0Nw/)

COVID shut-down order impact on PA supply chain & manufacturing - a Soundcloud interview with David Taylor

Governor Wolf's Executive Order on the Efficient Allocation and Effective Use of Critical Medical Resources

The Executive Order

FAQ on the Executive Order

Here's a summary of what you need to know:

    • The due date has been extended to: 11:59 pm on 04/16/20.
    • An FAQ has been provided (see above) to help further define the specifics of the survey. This includes who the order applies to.
    • Facilities should submit information using the survey tool here: https://arcg.is/1PPbjL0

New hospital preparedness dashboard:
County-level information, including the number of available beds and ventilators in use at facilities across the state. The dashboard also provides an overview of the capacity of the state’s entire health care system. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/85054b06472e4208b02285b8557f24cf

Wolf Administration Announces New Resource for Manufacturers to Produce COVID-19-Related Supplies 

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

Full Announcement from Governor Wolf

DEADLINE 3-3-20 5 PM: If your business was forced to close by order of the governor, and you feel your business provides essential service, file a Business Exemption Waiver. (Click HERE for additional information and to file an exemption)

NAM letter to Governor Wolf (dated March 22, 2020) urging the Governor to extend the deadline for enforcing his Order regarding the “Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life Sustaining” (PDF)

***UPDATE*** MARCH 20TH - Due to the high volume of waiver requests the Governor is delaying enforcement of the order that non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations. (please note that beginning March 23rd the Governor intends to enforce his business prohibition)

Governor Wolf's Order Prohibition on Operation of Businesses that are not Life Sustaining (PDF)

Governor Wolf's Life Sustaining Businesses List - updated 3/20/20 (PDF)

Order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDF)

PMA's Response to Governor Wolf's Prohibition on Operation of Business order (http://www.pamanufacturers.org/blog/fight-pandemic-manufacturers-need-wolf-amend-executive-order)


Tools and Resources:

FROM NAM - REPORT: New Operational Practices to Consider in the Time of COVID-19 (https://www.manufacturingleadershipcouncil.com/report-new-operational-practices-to-consider-in-the-time-of-covid-19/)

Life-Sustaining Business FAQ’s – DHS/CISA Guidelines  (https://www.scribd.com/document/452553495/UPDATED-7-30pm-March-31-2020-Life-Sustaining-Business-FAQs?fbclid=IwAR1I4KlxhI8PNrGk4F4Cx58aZPW0HWfdO-k36yHB7DjrNt9zYWxxb9qSiBQ)

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses (PDF)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Fact Sheet for Employees
Fact Sheet for Employers
Questions and Answers

The COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)

CWCA webpage: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-cwca/

CWCA Program Fact Sheet: https://dced.pa.gov/download/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-factsheet/?wpdmdl=93768

For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania. Click on you county, information will pop up for you: https://dced.pa.gov/CEDO/

Senator Toomey had two calls with reporters- both local and national- about the coronavirus aid package. The audio from those calls can be found at the below links. There is a lot of helpful information in these calls.

National Reporters 

Pennsylvania Reporters

COVID-19 Business FAQ & Resource List from Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (Google Docs)

National Association of Manufacturers State COVID Operations Snapshot (PDF)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources)

Creators Respond - COVID-19 NAM Components Survey (https://namissvr.nam.org/namissvr/survey/index.aspx?guid=3BE0BE0B-514E-437F-839F-9133D7536AC9&fbclid=IwAR0ZuUYltQqrR8RLHRL1GwttPo_neHvs9xvneEBSkuSztbkZj5_srl85Py8)

Sample letter for manufacturing companies to use to communicate with local authorities in the event of a cease business order (Docx)

Memorandum for Defense Industrial Base from the Under Secretary of Defense (PDF)

NAM Tools on Essential Manufacturing Operations (Docx)

National Association of Manufacturers State-by-State Resources (https://www.nam.org/covid-19-state-resources/)

PA Department of Community and Economic Development Business Guidance (https://dced.pa.gov/resources/)

U.S. Department of Labor Guidance on Unemployment Compensation for Individuals affected by COVID-19 (PDF)

U.S. Department of Labor Guidance from OSHA on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)

PA Department of Health Coronavirus Updates (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx)

CDC Latest Updates (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html)

U.S. Department of Labor Guidelines (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Toolkit (https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus-response-toolkit)

Covid-19 Employer Resources from the Manufacturer & Business Association, Erie, PA (https://www.mbausa.org/covid-19/)

 

PMA Perspective and Profiles:

Promotion of Unemployment Compensation Fraud (PMA's David N. Taylor hosts a newsmaker interview with Chris Hackett, CEO of i2M, about his decision to resign from the PA Workforce Development Board due to Governor Wolf's promotion of unemployment compensation fraud.)

Lincoln Caverns and Penn’s Cave: How the shutdown is affecting small businesses across rural PA. (PMA's David N. Taylor talks to Ann Dunlavy, President/General Manager of Lincoln Caverns and Russ Schleiden, CEO/President of Penn's Cave, about how small businesses in PA are being affected by the shutdown and why the economy must begin safely reopening soon.)

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery: Creators Respond (PMA's David N. Taylor interviews Chad Butters, CEO of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery, about how they retooled to produce hand sanitizer for first responders and health care facilities in their efforts to combat COVID-19.)

COVID shut-down order impact on PA supply chain & manufacturing - a Soundcloud interview with David Taylor

PA Business Closure Mandate: Cabinet/Home Construction Supply Industry (PMA's David N. Taylor interviews Chad Butters, CEO of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery, about how they retooled to produce hand sanitizer for first responders and health care facilities in their efforts to combat COVID-19.)

David Vollmer Full Interview (PMA's David N. Taylor interviews David Vollmer, President of Isolator Fitness Inc. in Reading, PA, about his heroic attempt to retool his manufacturing plant to produce vital masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, but due to Governor Wolf's business closure executive order he can't.)

PA Business Closure Mandate: Cabinet/Home Construction Supply Industry (PMA's Carl Marrara interviews Mark Kovich, President & CEO of Essential Cabinet Group, and Kent Martin, President & CEO of Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc., about the impact of Governor Wolf's business closure executive order on their industry, how Pennsylvania's policies compare to other states, and how these closures will impact the home construction industry nationwide.)

 

News and Business Impact:

Senator Toomey's "PA Starts Up Safely" Plan

A summary of Senator Toomey’s #PAStartsUpSafely framework is available here.

A full overview of Senator Toomey’s #PAStartsUpSafely framework is available here.

Reaction to Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 recovery plan varies: some see strong leadership, while critics crave specifics 

‘Just insanity’: Closed Pa. businesses cry foul as competitors snag waivers to reopen (https://whyy.org/articles/just-insanity-closed-pa-businesses-cry-foul-as-competitors-snag-waivers-to-reopen/?fbclid=IwAR3nHTtZ2_MPKBPnE12etPfdCvqC8W6V0wOhXdPFzyr2OWwnfpEhDvUBtnY)

How Gov. Wolf’s business shutdown bit him where it hurts (https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/how-gov-wolfs-business-shutdown-bit-him-where-it-hurts.html?fbclid=IwAR09oIASCH6--RxaSAhRcrGA7Lwdpsq_laEfDfrMeva2Tl-xSK-LhlTjEdk)

Congress passes COVID-19-related tax relief (https://www.bakertilly.com/insights/congress-passes-covid-19-related-tax-relief)

National Association of Manufacturers Economic and Operational Impacts of COVID-19 to Manufacturers Survey Results (https://www.nam.org/coronasurvey/)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Aid Tracker (https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/aid-event/coronavirus-covid-19)


Upcoming Small Business Webinars:
(Note: these seminars have all passed but PASBDC has many useful links and valuable information - https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Thursday, March 26: 9:00-10:30: SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26682

Friday, March 27: 9:00-10:30: SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26683

Monday, March 30: 9:00-10:30: SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26684

Tuesday, March 31 9:00- 10:30: SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26685

Wednesday, April 1 9:00-10:30: SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26686

Thursday, April 2, 9:00-10:30: SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26687

Thursday, April 2, 9:00-10:30: SBA Disaster Loan Webinar and Pennsylvania State Financing Programs to help Small Businesses with COVID 19

https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26688