LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 10: Michael Rubin attends The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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New Jersey Devils co-owner Michael Rubin is aiding in the fight against coronavirus by using the Fanatics factory to make masks and gowns.

As coronavirus turns the sports world upside down, Michael Rubin is stepping up to help out those working on the front lines of this pandemic.

The part-owner of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers is converting his Fanatics factory in Pennsylvania into a place to manufacture masks and gowns for healthcare workers. He announced the move with a Twitter thread, showing how the facility was using jersey fabric to create potentially life-saving masks and gowns for healthcare workers.

Credit to Rubin for stepping up at a time when hospitals are begging for more supplies. As Rubin states, his plan is to begin distributing the masks and gowns to hospitals in Pennsylvania, with plans to extend their reach into New Jersey and eventually New York.

The New York City area has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday afternoon, there were over 37,000 coronavirus cases in New York State and 385 people had passed away from the virus. These are the largest numbers—by far—of any state in the country.

New Jersey is second on the list behind New York in terms of cases with 4,402. The New York/New Jersey area is being decimated by COVID-19 and Rubin’s assistance to healthcare workers could not come at a better time.

It’s worth noting that Rubin’s ownership group recently caught flack for moving to reduce pay for Sixers and Devils employees during the shutdown. They took so much heat for it that they reversed the decision within 24 hours.

While the sports world struggles without MLB’s Opening Day, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the NBA Playoffs, there are clearly far bigger problems facing the world.

Hopefully, we are able to go back to a period of normalcy sooner rather than later.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.