COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 18, 2020)—A mask decontamination system set up in Jefferson City months ago continues to serve the state's medical and first responder community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the system has a lot of room left to grow within the tight confines of its chambers.
As the pandemic took hold this past spring and supplies of personal protective equipment including N95 respirator masks drew short, a Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System was deployed in April in Jefferson City to serve hospitals, health care providers and first responders from across Missouri.
That includes Cole County EMS, the Cole County Health Department and the Cole County Sheriff's Department, which are covered under an agreement the Cole County Commission approved in April with Battelle to decontaminate PPE, if needed.
The system — located inside the Missouri National Guard facility on Armory Drive — uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to sanitize N95 respirator masks up to 20 times per lifetime of each mask, and up to 80,000 masks per day can be handled.
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