STERIS gets FDA approval to sterilize medical masks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval to Mentor-based STERIS to begin small-scale N95 mask sterilization using 100 machines across Ohio.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced on Friday, April 10, that STERIS was issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the sterilization process. Each vaporizing hydrogen-peroxide sterilizer can decontaminate 10 masks in 28 minutes — repeated up to 10 times for each mask to extend their useful life.
“We will follow the CDC guidance,” Gov. Mike DeWine said, although he added that the ODH coronavirus website will continue to break out probable cases from test-positive data.
“We want to make sure we show the data that is very transparent and allows people to make apples-to-apples comparisons,” he said.
ODH director Dr. Amy Acton addressed questions regarding when an essential employee who was symptomatic for COVID-19 should return to work.
“The guidance is that you have not had a fever for three days,” Acton said, “and you have to be seven days at least from the onset of symptoms, and that lets us know that the risk of infection is much less.”
DeWine also announced that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing free temporary permits to allow food trucks to set up at the state’s 86 rest areas, and that 3,100 cases of hand sanitizer produced by Ohio distilleries in partnership with JobsOhio will be delivered to the state’s 12 food banks beginning in mid-April.
This article was originally published in Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Source : www.modernhealthcare.com/