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: Officials On Rescue Mission To Free Whales Caught Up In Buoy, Rope
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: Debate Over Potential Use Of Vaccine Passports Heating Up
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: P-22 Mountain Lion To Be Featured In Nature Mural In Watts
The sheriff also said 79 inmates have tested positive, but the majority have recovered and are back in the general population.