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Coronavirus in Ohio: DeWine pleads with FDA to approve Battelle invention for masks

The Columbus Dispatch

Posted by Holly Zachariah on Mar 28, 2020

Columbus, Ohio (March 28, 2020)—As the number of coronavirus cases continued to grow Saturday, Gov. Mike DeWine pleaded with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to immediately approve an emergency-use permit for a potentially game-changing invention from Columbus-based research lab Battelle that could help with the shortage of masks for health-care workers.

Battelle has developed a system that it says will sanitize as many as 160,000 used face masks a day in Ohio, which would ease the shortage for health-care workers during this pandemic because the masks could be reused rather than discarded.

“This would significantly and very, very quickly boost our capacity,” DeWine said. “It really is truly a matter of life and death. We need to protect our people who are risking their lives.”

Two machines are to be used in Ohio, and others would be sent to hospitals in New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C., DeWine said.

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