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Device will clean PPE for re-use

Device will clean PPE for re-use Device will clean PPE for re-use

First responders and medical workers will soon have a device in Indiana to clean their N95 personal protective equipment. That was part of the announcement today (April 29) by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The state is receiving a Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System, which can clean and contain medical equipment up to 20 times so they can be re-used rather than having to be replaced.

Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana health commissioner, said this device should be up and running late next week and medical workers throughout the state will be able to send in their used equipment for cleaning.

The latest on the spread of COVID-19 is the state found 605 new positive cases since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 17,181 known individuals who have tested positive. With the addition of 63 new reported fatalities, the state has now had 964 people die. To date, 91,550 people have been tested, with 4,503 receiving a test in the past 24 hours.

The update included how the state will address what is known as “contact tracing.” This is a process of finding people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. On average, the state is finding 10 additional people who are getting contacted after interviewing a person who has tested positive. These people are being told to quarantine for 14 days after being contacted. If they have symptoms, they will likely be tested, too.

Local health departments are performing contact tracing, but the Indiana State Department of Health is leading investigations in some communities and performing contact tracing in 16 counties. People who have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 will receive a text or email asking them to contact the state health department. If a return call isn’t made within four hours, the ISDA will then begin calling the person.

Officials said this process will help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus as businesses and the economy re-open.