The state is working with OH companies looking to make ventilators, and DeWine will have a report in the next few days on where the state stands on its supply of ventilators and other equipment. Currently, officials said there are not enough of these masks available for healthcare providers to get through this pandemic safely. But at a press conference Sunday, DeWine said the FDA's commissioner, Steve Hahn, told him "this would be cleared up today".
The system is able to turn single use respirators into masks that can be used up to 20 times, with a 2.5-hour decontamination process between each use.
N95 respirators are respiratory protective face masks.
Governor Jon Husted Sunday thanked President Trump and Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D. of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the full approval of the use of new technology to sterilize desperately-needed surgical masks in OH and other parts of the United States. "The number of cases will continue to grow in the coming weeks, and we need to do everything we can to ensure there is enough equipment to fight this battle, including allowing Battelle to sterilize N95 masks at full capacity", Reps.
Following the FDA's new decision, the governor released a statement saying, "I want to thank President Trump for his leadership and Dr. Hahn of the FDA for approving the use of this life-saving technology that Battelle has developed". "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".
Added DeWine: "This is a matter of life and death".
Mike DeWine criticized the FDA for issuing limited approval for the technology Saturday.
Early Sunday morning, the FDA had given Battelle permission to use the technology, but only to clean 10,000 masks per machine, per day. DeWine also said this would have limited Battelle's plans to deploy machines to the hard-hit NY metro area as well as Washington state and Washington, D.C. The company also plans to ship two of the devices to New York - one to New York City and another to Stony Brook - and others to Washington, two of the hardest-hit states during the coronavirus outbreak.