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Connecticut To Decontaminate N95 Masks For Reuse

Ebong Udoma
Conn. Gov. Lamont announces the creation of a decontamination system to clean N95 masks, at a news conference in New Haven on Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., stands at left.

Connecticut is one of the first states in the nation to launch a decontamination system to clean N95 respirator masks.

Governor Ned Lamont says the system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He says it would allow healthcare workers in the state to reuse their specialized respiratory masks. 

Four machines installed in a warehouse in New Haven would do the work.

“Five thousand masks per each of those quadrants, probably do two a day. You can do the math. That’s tens of thousands of N95 masks. Making sure that our first responders are first in line and that they have the need to stay safe.”  

Lamont spoke outside the state Department of Transportation warehouse in New Haven where the machines are installed.

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As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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