LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced the opening of the COVID-19 Regional Decontamination Center, the first of its kind in the country.
The center, which will utilize an airtight decontamination center the size of a small dishwasher, will vaporize highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate equipment like N95 masks for reuse up to 20 times, in accordance with CDC guidelines.READ MORE: Three Teenagers Critically Wounded At Halloween House Party In Whittier
Personal protective equipment like N95 masks have been high demand and short supply at hospitals and clinics across the globe amid the coronavirus pandemic.READ MORE: Suspect Arrested In Death Of Man At Newport Pier
The equipment will accommodate 10,000 masks per cycle and the department will run multiple decontamination cycles each day, Villanueva said.
During his Monday news briefing, Villanueva also announced that while 61 deputies have tested positive for coronavirus, there have been no new cases reported in the last few days.MORE NEWS: Fullerton Police Say They Recovered Loaded Stolen Handgun, Nitrous Oxide
The sheriff also said 79 inmates have tested positive, but the majority have recovered and are back in the general population.