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N95 Mask Decontaminated by Battelle CCDS

Taking pressure off mask demand

West Dakota Fox

Posted by Jacob Notermann on May 18, 2020

Columbus, Ohio (May 18, 2020)—Demand for personal protective equipment is growing every day. One of the most common items requested are masks, and some states are struggling to keep supply up.

When the pandemic started, states were waiting days for much needed masks from federal supply chains. But now North Dakotans are getting their masks cleaned for multiple rounds of use, thanks to this Battelle Sanitization System. Taking pressure off demand.

As the need for masks grows and the supply remains competitive, states are looking for ways to extend the lifetime of N95 masks.

The Department of Health received a sanitizing station from Battelle, which cleans upwards of 80,000 masks a day, and can make what was a one-time use, a 3-time cycle.

"We still have masks; we still have a supply. But this allows us to extend the utilization of these, because we've had difficulty in getting additional respirators in during this emergency,” Emergency Preparedness Chief Tim Wiedrich said.

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