Columbus, Ohio (April 13, 2020)—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.
Battelle, a Columbus-based nonprofit, worked with Partners HealthCare and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone to set up the system to clean and decontaminate the N95 masks, relied on by doctors and nurses at hospitals across the state.
As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to grow as Massachusetts enters its predicted surge period, hospitals have struggled to maintain enough PPE for staff. Battelle’s machine will be able to serialize up to 80,000 N95 masks per day once it is fully operational, officials said.
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