SALEM, Ore--- The Oregon Health Authority is advising all medical professionals to stop using KN95 respirators, in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration guidance. This comes after a federal decision to restrict the use of KN95-style respirators for medical use in the United States.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, the FDA previously allowed the use of KN95s under an Emergency Use Authorization. That allowed U.S. health care workers to fight COVID-19 to use them. On Thursday, the FDA revoked that authorization for more than 65 of the 80 manufacturers allowed to use them because of poor quality.
The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administrations wants Oregonians to know that this guidance only applies to the use of KN95 respirations. The announcement from the FDA does not have an impact on personal protective equipment, which includes N95 masks.
According to Oregon Health Authority, the KN95 respirators are in circulation in Oregon. Oregon Health Authority says it has notified health and dental providers around the state that they are no longer for use as respirators.
The KN95s can continue to be used as coverings.