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Battelle expands partnership with Ohio to sanitize N-95 masks for all first responders

The service, which Battelle is providing for free, will include law enforcement agencies and EMS providers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that Battelle has expanded its partnership with the state to sanitize N-95 masks for all first responders.

The service, which Battelle is providing for free, will include law enforcement agencies and EMS providers.

DeWine said the Ohio State Highway Patrol has developed a statewide collection and distribution system.

Beginning Friday, local law enforcement and EMS agencies can bring their packaged N-95 masks to any patrol post in the state.

The patrol will then bring the masks to Battelle in Columbus and sanitize them.

The masks will be returned to the patrol post they were brought to and agencies can pick them up.

"This will contribute greatly to our efforts to protect Ohio’s protectors. The patrol will be sending out guidelines to local law enforcement and EMS agencies soon on how the masks must be packaged," DeWine said.

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