Columbus, Ohio (May 18, 2020)—It’s the middle of April and Dan Loesch is driving a rent-a-truck to Washington, D.C., after spending a few days at home in Columbus.
Before this journey, he spent a few days in Hartford, Connecticut, which followed a few days in Chicago. After D.C., his next stop is Louisville, Kentucky, then it’s on to Jackson, Tennessee.
And from there, it’s wherever he’s needed.
“I have no idea how many miles I’ve driven … a whole lot,” said Loesch, a principal research scientist at Battelle who earned an electrical engineering degree from Ohio State in 2017.
Weeks prior to crisscrossing the nation, Loesch volunteered to be a site engineer for a Battelle team that is setting up Critical Care Decontamination Systems at health care locations throughout the country. These systems decontaminate N95 masks for re-use to protect health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Battelle will build 60 such decontamination sites at U.S. locations that FEMA will determine. Each decontamination system can clean up to 80,000 N95 respirators per day. The ability to re-use the masks helps in a major way to address the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage health care facilities face.
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