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At ‘Terrific’ Mask-Cleaning Facility, Baker Says Mass. Still Needs More PPE in Coronavirus Fight

NBC Boston

Posted by Asher Klein, Mike Manzoni and Kaitlin McKinley Becker on Apr 11, 2020

Columbus, Ohio (April 11, 2020)—Gov. Charlie Baker on Saturday visited a site where medical-grade masks will be sterilized on a massive scale, a facility he's touted as a major help to Massachusetts' health care workers facing the possibility of being without adequate protective equipment as they treat coronavirus patients.

Speaking outside the facility, Baker announced that two coronavirus testing facilities, at Gillette Stadium and the Big E Fairground, are expanding access to grocery store and supermarket workers, including ones who aren't presenting symptoms. He also announced the activation of up to 3,000 more members of the Massachusetts National Guard to help in the state's coronavirus response, bringing the total to 5,000.

The majority of his remarks were about the need in Massachusetts for Battelle's mask-cleaning machines to "keep more masks in use and ... sustain our personal protective equipment supply." But he also said his administration is working every day to increase the supply of medical equipment as well.

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