CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made an urgent call to President Trump, telling him lives are at stake.
A Columbus company has the technology to disinfect and reuse badly needed masks that are needed for nurses to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Columbus company said it can decontaminate 80,000 masks per day, after it sought approval from FDA, it was given permission to recycle a smaller amount.
After several top level calls between the President, Dewine and the FDA it appears the company can move forward at full capacity.
In a tweet, the FDA said they are actively working with Battelle to help them scale up their N95 decontamination efforts.
For a look into how Battelle’s decontamination system will work, click here or watch below.
In a statement on Battelle’s website the company said, “The Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System is now operating at Battelle’s West Jefferson, Ohio facility under the EUA and is capable of decontaminating up to 80,000 respirator masks per system each day.”
“I want to thank the FDA team for their professionalism and help in authorizing the use of our technology at this critical moment for our nation,” said Lou Von Thaer, President and CEO of Battelle. “Everybody who has worked on this project shares the same goal of protecting first responders and healthcare workers who are at the front lines of the pandemic.”
Originally there was some question whether Battelle would be allowed to decontaminate as many as 80,000 per day.