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OCE begins mask production for Oregon Department of Corrections

Oregon Corrections Enterprises has begun manufacturing utility masks, made of 100% cotton at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) for the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC). The mask was designed to reduce the amount of droplets from a person's cough or sneeze in consultation with the ODOC medical doctors. OCE will produce 30,000 masks for use by ODOC for employees and adults in custody within the institutions to reduce the spread of potential contagions in the facilities.

Beyond the utility masks, OCE is working to produce masks and gowns intended to meet medical standards requiring certifications, including American National Standards Institute/Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (ANSI/AAMI). OCE has sourced the correct material to produce the masks and gowns and hopes to make them to be certified and available to the medical community.

FEMA has approached ODOC and offered to work with the FDA and another regulatory agencies to get OCE certified if at all possible. OCE is in communication with ODOC, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Oregon legislature regarding materials, patterns, standards, liabilities, and potential legislation to support these efforts to meaningfully assist in this crisis. OCE is working with our state agencies to mitigate risk to the agency and meet the needs of our state. We hope to hear from the regulatory agencies for direction in the near future. Once approved, OCE's four sewing operations around the state (EOCI, Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, and Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI)) will begin mass producing these vital items.

OCE is working with other correctional industries across the country to share information at a national level on our ability to produce PPE in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The OCE Administrator met with over 40 correctional industries professionals across the nation through the National Correctional Industries Association network, sharing the initiatives, research, and progress in a collaborative effort to address the current crisis. OCE operations have adjusted to meet the needs of our state, below are a few of the other projects we are focused on in order to keep our communities healthy and safe.

  • OCE has established a 211 call center able to provide support to our communities to disseminate information about the COVID-19 emergency. Eleven AICs at SRCI are working at the call center and are ready to serve.
  • Hand sanitizer is in high demand and OCE is working with the ODOC Agency Operations Center to determine our ability to manufacture this product for state-wide consumption.
  • Increased support to healthcare laundry operations. OCE currently serves 33 customers processing their linen, including public and privately operated hospitals. In addition to the two facilities dedicated to processing commercial healthcare laundry, OCE has laundry operations in three ODOC correctional facilities around the state, serving institution laundry needs.