N-95 Mask Decontamination

100,000 Healthcare Masks Cleaned, Decontaminated at SoCal Facility

A major milestone has been reached in the fight to flatten the Covid-19 curve. More than a combined 100,000 masks have been decontaminated in this facility in Burbank and another in Fremont. This cleaning system, developed by Battelle, is allowing masks used by healthcare workers to go further, last longer and relive the strain on the procurement system when trying to get new masks to medical teams on the Covid-19 front lines.  Cal OES is coordinating the teams operating the facility, which is a partnership between local, state and federal agencies. The cost of shipping masks to-and-from the facility was being paid by the state, but Battelle is now paying the majority of the cost. 

There are two Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Systems (CCDS) in California (Fremont and Burbank) where total enrollment is 1, 785 facilities which include hospitals, assisted living, skilled nursing, hospice, first responders, state and local government, VA Hospital other healthcare providers. Cal OES has a CCDS hotline for providers which has had over 2,300 interactions to help sign-up facilities and answer questions.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has provided guidance to California healthcare facilities through their All Facilities Letter (AFL.)

Take a look at the video below that was produced the day the decon operation went on-line April 21st.

Links

California’s Covid19.ca.gov

Cal OES Home Page

California Department of Public Health

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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