02 May 2020 – Virginia to receive three critical care decontamination systems

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health
Level of Jurisdiction: VA
Lead People/Agency: Governor Ralph Northam

Overview: Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Virginia to receive three Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Systems™ (CCDS) that can collectively sterilize up to 240,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) per day for reuse.
Full details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/may/headline-856494-en.html

Type of Justification: Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Evidence/Justification: The Battelle CCDS™ uses a concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor to decontaminate N95 masks, which can sustain up to 20 decontamination cycles without degrading filtration performance