Battelle begins sanitizing N-95 masks for Ohio first responders

Battelle technicians unload decontaminated masks to deliver to hospitals and police and EMTs. (Courtesy: Battelle)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Battelle announced that the Columbus-based company began decontaminating masks for first responders on Friday.

On Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the company expanded its partnership with the state to sanitize N-95 masks for law enforcement agencies and EMS providers — a service being provided for free.

DeWine said the Ohio State Highway Patrol has developed a statewide collection and distribution system.

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Local law enforcement and EMS agencies can bring their packaged N-95 masks to any patrol post in the state.

The patrol will then bring the masks to Battelle in Columbus and sanitize them.

The masks will be returned to the patrol post they were brought to and agencies can pick them up.

"This will contribute greatly to our efforts to protect Ohio’s protectors. The patrol will be sending out guidelines to local law enforcement and EMS agencies soon on how the masks must be packaged," DeWine said.

Watch DeWine's announcement Wednesday:

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