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WGBH - Massachusetts General Hospital's effort to get more desperately needed masks to its health care workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic received a big boost this week. More than 2,000 clinicians taking care of patients at the hospital are now using re-circulated N95 masks sanitized by the Battelle mask decontamination system in Somerville.

CNN - The Pentagon announced a major contract for 60 decontamination units that will allow millions of N95 masks to be reused amid a shortage of personal protective equipment for medical professionals treating coronavirus patients.

MassLive - A site in Somerville that will be able to decontaminate up to tens of thousands of N95 masks per day is being highlighted as a key piece of protecting the supply of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Reuters - The Pentagon awarded a $400 million contract to Ohio-based nonprofit research organization Battelle so it can help to sterilize N-95 masks at 60 locations using concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor.

FOX5 DC - The Ohio-based company that will be supplying Maryland with a decontamination unit is called, Battelle. Bettelle’s website confirmed the company received Federal Drug Administration (FDA) “Emergency Use Authorization” to use their Critical Care Decontamination System last Sunday.

NBC Boston - 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.

The New York Times - Inside the rural Ohio labs run by Battelle, a nonprofit research and development firm, scientists have tested explosives, experimented with atomic energy and worked with chemical nerve agents. But some of the group’s most critical work is now happening outside, in a parking lot.

WBNS - Columbus-based Battelle announced on Friday that it will be offering its N95 respirator mask decontamination services at no charge to health care providers thanks to a new federal contract.

Columbus Business First - Battelle will greatly expand deployment of its equipment to decontaminate protective face masks for re-use – and offer the service free to hospitals – under a $400 million federal contract.

Columbus Dispatch - While we celebrate our first responders and businesses like Battelle, Bath & Body Works, Middle West Spirits and Rogue for their flexibility and enterprise in the production of personal protective equipment and other goods, we must be unblinking about the challenges before us.

Cleveland Plain Dealer - The Trump administration has awarded a new federal contract that will let Columbus-based Battelle spread its new mask decontamination system to 60 additional sites around the country amid a coronavirus pandemic that’s led to a shortage of the N95 respirator masks for health care professionals, according to Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman.

News 5 Cleveland - At Battelle Memorial Institute, based in Columbus, innovation has been a central theme of the non-profit's response to the pandemic. Battelle quickly developed new procedures that produce substantially faster results in coronavirus testing.

CNN - Battelle Memorial Institute, an Ohio-based research and development firm, has been partnering with states like California and Massachusetts to deploy a newly developed machine that decontaminates N95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide.

Columbus Dispatch - How JobsOhio, Battelle, Rickenbacker airport and other central Ohio businesses are responding to the pandemic. Plus, new data gives a glimpse at the crisis’s impact on small businesses, and the European Union acts to provide relief.

Hometown Stations - Governor Mike DeWine continues to address the need for personal protective equipment in Ohio and made a plea to hospitals on Wednesday.

CNN - California will utilize new technology from the company Battelle that allows for the sterilization and reuse of N95 masks as early as this week, Mark Ghilarducci, with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, announced today.

CNBC - California has procured a system from defense company Battelle that can decontaminate tens of thousands of used N95s per day, making them safe for re-use by health workers. The system, which uses hydrogen peroxide, allows a single mask to be used 20 times instead of just once.

News 5 Cleveland - Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Battelle, the Columbus-based company specializing in sterilizing respirator masks for healthcare workers, is partnering with Jobs Ohio to provide hospitals with free mask sanitizing for two weeks.

WCMH - The central Ohio non-profit working to decontaminate N95 surgical masks in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus is looking to hire up to 2,300 technicians.

SeattlePI - A revolutionary new system that can decontaminate up to 80,000 protective masks each day for reuse by health care workers has been delivered to Washington state and should be ready for operation here as early as next week.

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Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208
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T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544 
Email: masseytr@battelle.org