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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.

CBS Evening News - In a segment about use of masks in the United States, the program mentioned Battelle’s technology and included brief comments by Battelle CEO Lewis Von Thaer.

The Today Show - Lewis Von Thaer, president and CEO of Battelle, talks to TODAY’s Craig Melvin about the new FDA-approved technology that will sterilize hospital masks for health care workers.

Columbus Dispatch - While a global public-health crisis isn’t a time for boasting, Ohioans can take pride on two fronts — Columbus-based Battelle’s research labs providing solutions to the world’s most urgent challenge and Gov. Mike DeWine getting results through deft leadership.

The Verge - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a process that would clean much-needed N95 protective face masks and allow them to be reused, the agency said in a release.

NPR - Several large metal shipping containers are lined up in a warehouse under a large American flag. Their doors are ajar and workers stream in and out, power tools buzzing. These are no ordinary shipping containers: They represent a huge scientific breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19.

USA Today - After a day of pressure from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Sunday rewrote rules to allow full application of a potentially game-changing Battelle technology to sterilize protective masks worn by those treating coronavirus victims.

The Columbus Dispatch - After a day of pressure from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Sunday rewrote rules to allow full application of a potentially game-changing Battelle technology to sterilize protective masks worn by those treating coronavirus victims.

FierceBiotech - Battelle received an emergency go-ahead from the FDA over the weekend to deploy its decontamination system for personal protective equipment (PPE), allowing healthcare workers to clean and reuse scarce N95 respirator masks.

NBC4 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Columbus-based non-profit Battelle’s request to begin sterilizing surgical masks for reuse during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The FDA has amended its initial approval, granted early Sunday, now allowing Battelle to sterilize the N95 surgical masks without a daily limit.

The Ohio Channel - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted hold a media availability to give an update on the status of the Coronavirus and the state's response. They discuss the FDA decision to limit Battelle to sterilizing 10,000 masks a day when they have the capability of sterilizing up to 160,000 a day in Ohio alone.

The Columbus Dispatch - As the number of coronavirus cases continued to grow Saturday, Gov. Mike DeWine pleaded with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to immediately approve an emergency-use permit for a potentially game-changing invention from Columbus-based research lab Battelle that could help with the shortage of masks for health-care workers.

Columbus Public Radio - WOSU - “We’re looking at the Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System™ that we’ve developed to be able to decontaminate PPE for health care workers on the frontline,” says Battelle researcher Will Richter. The Critical Care Decontamination System is the first of its kind, capable of cleaning up to 80,000 pieces of PPE (personal protective equipment) at a time. Battelle's system was designed to be modular so it can be easily shipped, and scaled up – the more units in one area, the more rapidly they will be able to clean mass amounts of PPE and return them to the hospitals.

Columbus Business First - Husted: Battelle awaiting FDA approval to deploy mask-sterilizing technology

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